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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Briton Riviere   16 May 1872

16 Addison Road | Kensington W

May 16/72

My dear Sir

I fear that long ere this you must have repented waiting for my sketches of the two dogs which I have just sent per rail to the Orpington Station.1

It is very likely that they will be of no use to you but I shall be very glad if they are. I have endeavored to keep to your written directions as much as possible.2

Should the sketches be worth cutting, if you will kindly let me know when they are in Mr Cooper’s hands I will call & see him about them (I know him very well) as expression hangs upon so subtile a difference of lines that what may be right in the drawing can be easily made wrong in the engraving.3

Trusting that these sketches will be of use I am | Dear Sir | Yours truly | Briton Riviere


CD had asked Riviere to draw two sketches of dogs for Expression, one of a hostile dog, one of an affectionate dog (see letter to Briton Riviere, 1 April 1872, and letter from Briton Riviere, 3 April 1872). Sketches by Riviere were reproduced in Expression, pp. 52 and 53.


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Sends sketches of expressions in two dogs.

Letter details

Letter no.
Briton Riviere
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 176: 176
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8333,” accessed on 23 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20