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From Briton Riviere   6 June 1872

Rathelpie | St. Andrews

June 6 1872

My dear Sir

Thank you for your kind letter which was forwarded to me today but too late for me to catch the post.1

I myself requested Mr Cooper to send me proofs as soon as possible. This is an important thing as very often they need much correction & look very different to the drawings.2

Pray do not take my name out of your introduction. If you have been kind enough to put it there it will be a pleasure to me   The only reasons that I have for being timid in putting my name to wood drawings are first that I do not consider my work in that material at all happy, & secondly that I fear the engravers rendering of it.3

I am Dear Sir | Very truly yours | Briton Riviere


CD’s letter has not been found.
James Davis Cooper was producing engravings of drawings of dogs made by Riviere for use in Expression (see letter to Briton Riviere, 29 May 1872).
CD acknowledged Riviere in the introduction to Expression for providing two drawings of dogs (Expression, p. 26; see also figures on pp. 52 and 53). See also letter from Briton Riviere, 20 May 1872. Riviere’s engravings are unsigned, though his name is given in the caption.


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


Will need to see proofs of his drawings.

Flattered to be mentioned in introduction to Expression [p. 26].

Letter details

Letter no.
Briton Riviere
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
St Andrews
Source of text
DAR 176: 181
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8371,” accessed on 4 July 2020,

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