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From W. H. Flower   9 May 1863

Royal College of Surgeons of England, | London, | (W.C.)

9th. day of May 1863

My dear Sir

I send you by this post, two copies of both views of the Niata Ox skull, presented by you to the College Museum.1 I am sorry that there has been so long a delay, but the photographer was very dilatory in printing. Other copies can be had if required, or views in other positions taken.

I find that a cast will cost £3〃3〃0, though when the first is made, copies can be taken from the mould for a much smaller sum.2

Hoping that the photographs will prove satisfactory to M. Quatrefages | I remain | very faithfully yours | W. H. Flower

C. Darwin Esq | F.R.S. &c


In his letter to Flower of 13 April [1863], CD asked him to send a photograph of the niata skull that he had presented to the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1840; Flower was curator of the museum. CD had been asked for the photograph by Armand de Quatrefages (see letter from Armand de Quatrefages, [28 March –] 11 April 1863). See also letter from W. H. Flower, 15 April 1863.
In the letter to W. H. Flower, 13 April [1863], CD had also inquired into the costs of making a cast of the skull of the niata ox for Quatrefages.


Sends photos of the niata ox skull presented by CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Henry Flower
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Royal College of Surgeons
Source of text
DAR 164: 138
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4149,” accessed on 10 December 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11