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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Briton Riviere   22 May 1872

16 Addison Rd | K.

May 22/72

Dear Sir

Thank you for your letter   I shall certainly have another trial at the pleased dog1

I should very much like to have any of your books especially the “Origin of Species.2

Believe me | Very truly yours | Briton Riviere

Mr Cooper will I suppose send me another block with the sketch of the first dog.3


CD’s letter has not been found. Riviere was making drawings of dogs for Expression (see letter to Briton Riviere, 19 May [1872]).
In the missing letter, CD had evidently offered Riviere books in place of a gift of money (see letter to Briton Riviere, 19 May [1872], and letter from Briton Riviere, 20 May 1872).
James Davis Cooper was engraving woodcuts for Expression; CD had approved Riviere’s drawing of a hostile dog (‘the first dog’), with slight modifications (see letter to Briton Riviere, 19 May [1872]).


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


Will try again to draw the expression of a pleased dog.

Letter details

Letter no.
Briton Riviere
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 176: 178
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8346,” accessed on 31 January 2023,

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