Carte-de-Visite Photograph of Sir William Edward Logan By Notman of Montreal
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Montreal, Canada: Notman , 1861. Carte-de-Visite Photograph of Sir William Edward Logan (1798- 1875) Canadian geologist and geological cartographer, founder and first director of the Geological Survey of Canada, "... The task of the new Geological Survey was to furnish "a full and scientific description of the country's rocks, soils, and minerals, to prepare maps, diagrams, and drawings, and to collect specimens to illustrate the occurrences." These fundamental objectives were initiated by Logan in such a way that the Geological Survey still continues its work within a similar framework and on a similar pattern...Geological mapping of the Canadian provinces, in which Logan himself participated actively, could be done in the mid-19th century only by a person with considerable physical strength and stamina, perseverance, unrelenting resourcefulness, and untiring enthusiasm...Geological traverses were made by walking, with distances determined by counting paces, establishing lines laid out by compass. In the field, where he had an Indian guide, John Basque, Logan's tent was a blanket held up by two poles. He describes conditions as "living the life of a savage, sleeping on the beach in a blanket sack with my feet to the fire, seldom taking my clothes off, eating salt pork and ships biscuit, occasionally tormented by mosquitoes"...Logan usually started at dawn and continued throughout the day and into the evening until he could no longer see distinctly. By the light of the campfire he would work until a late hour to ink-over the pencilled notes and figures made during the day and plot on field maps all the measurements and dimensions which had been recorded. His geological observations were authenticated by pen and ink sketches which clearly reveal his artistic talents. His note books, held by the Geological Survey, are exemplary models for recording field data...an extraordinary man. Starting a major career at the age of 44, he organized, directed, and contributed in a substantial way for more than a quarter of a century to the Geological Survey of Canada. Logan stated: "The object of the Survey is to ascertain the mineral resources of the country," and the survey still operates on this principle." (C. Gordon Winder in the DCB); circa 1861; approx. 2 1/2" x 4" size; Notman number and signature in the plate, back of mount card with the Notman Montreal Photographer to the Queen studio imprint; light wear to mount, little darkened at back edge; in very good condition.. Photograph. Not Bound. Very Good. (Inventory #: 23781)
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