|A carte-de-visite portrait of Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873), Bishop of Oxford from 1845 to 1869, and bishop of Winchester from 1869 to 1873. The third son of the leading British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1782-1833), Samuel was consecrated Bishop of Oxford on 30 November 1845, when he was still only forty years old. Nowadays, he most remembered as the foe of Darwin and the denouncer of the theory of evolution, which maintained contradicted the story of Creation as told in Genesis. In 1860 he took part in a fierce debate at Oxford with Thomas Huxley, who was a friend of Darwin's and a champion of his theories. He was also a defender of Anglican orthodoxy against the movement towards the revival of English Catholicism and the intrusion of 'Roman' customs into the liturgy, though he was in sympathy with the Oxford Movement's scholarship and shared its views of the historical nature of the episcopacy. As early as his student days, his slipperiness in theological arguments earned him the nickname Soapy Sam.
Photographed by Barraud and Jerrard of London.
condition: The print presents a few small imperfections in the area of the background but is otherwise
in excellent condition, as is the mount.
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