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Darwin Correspondence Project

1.8 anonymous drawing, after Ouless

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A fine pen and ink drawing in the collection of the Wellcome Library seems to be yet another derivative from Ouless’s oil portrait of Darwin, or from Rajon’s etching of it; but there is no indication of the drawing’s authorship or purpose. It is enclosed by a pencil line forming a roundel, which may indicate that it was to be the basis for a wood engraving or a photographic process print, for a book or journal. The format in fact resembles that for portraits that featured in the Illustrated London News. 

  • physical location Wellcome Library  

  • accession or collection number 2368i 

  • copyright holder Wellcome Library 

  • originator of image after a painting by Walter William Ouless 

  • date of creation undated (after 1875) 

  • medium and material pen and black ink on card 

  • references and bibliography Wellcome Collection catalogue, at 


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