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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Briton Riviere   29 May 1872

Down. Beckenham, Kent

May 29, 1872.

My dear Sir

I thank you for your great kindness. I shall be very glad to get the drawing of the dog engraved.1 A lady, who I think is a good critic has just remarked, I think with truth that the outlines of the back and flanks are too smooth; but perhaps this is owing to its unfinished state. I cannot but think, and I hope you will reflect on this, that it would be an improvement if the tail were a little more raised, and if possible a little curved to one side. I shall send my MS to the printers next week, so that to save time, will you have the kindness to send the block when finished to Mr. Cooper 188 Strand, and I will instruct him to lose no time in engraving.2

With very sincere thanks believe me | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD refers to his manuscript of Expression; James Davis Cooper was making woodcuts for the book (Expression, p. 26).


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


Comments on drawing of dog. Will get it engraved [see Expression, pp. 52, 53].

Will send MS of Expression to printers next week.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Briton Riviere
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Source of text
DAR 147: 321
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8360,” accessed on 4 July 2020,

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