Geological Map and Sections of the Isle of Wight and the Adjacent Parts of Hampshire and Dorsetshire
During his period as President of the Society in 1811, Sir Henry Charles Englefield pursued his geological interests. He commissioned Thomas Webster to make careful observations of the geology of the Isle of Wight, the first result of which was a hand-coloured map. Also showing parts of Hampshire and Dorset, this is a particularly impressive example of how the activities of the Society helped shape our understanding of the construction and age of the earth. Englefield published his chief topographical work, A Description of the Picturesque Beauties, Antiquities and Geological Phaenomena of the Isle of Wight in 1816.