Elizabeth Philpot

woman and fossilist

Died aged c. 77

Elizabeth Philpot (1780–1857) was an early 19th-century British fossil collector, amateur palaeontologist and artist who collected fossils from the cliffs around Lyme Regis in Dorset on the southern coast of England. She is best known today for her collaboration and friendship with the well known fossil hunter Mary Anning. She was well known in geological circles for her knowledge of fossil fish as well as her extensive collection of specimens and was consulted by leading geologists and palaeontologists of the time including William Buckland, and Louis Agassiz. When Mary Anning discovered that belemnite fossils contained ink sacks, it was Philpot who discovered that the fossilised ink could be revivified with water and used for illustrations, which became a common practice for local artists.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

Silver Street. The street once led to a wood, 'silva' in latin, whence its name. This house was the home of the three Philpot sisters, famous early fossilists.

Mariners Restaurant, Silver Street, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom where they lived (1805)