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Race, Civilization, and Progress

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Darwin's first reflections on human progress were prompted by his experiences in the slave-owning colony of Brazil, and by his encounters with the Yahgan peoples of Tierra del Fuego. Harsh conditions, privation, poor climate, bondage and servitude,…

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  • … in all things." Letter 8658 : to Alpheus Hyatt, 4 December [1872] "I …

4.40 'Phrenological Magazine'

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< Back to Introduction Among the stranger uses of Rejlander’s photograph of Darwin (the very popular profile view) was as an illustration in Lorenzo Niles Fowler’s Phrenological Magazine of 1880; it accompanied an article titled ‘Charles Darwin – A…

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2.23 Hope Pinker statue, Oxford Museum

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< Back to Introduction Henry Richard Hope Pinker’s life-size statue of Darwin was installed in the Oxford University Museum on 14 June 1899. It was the latest in a series of statues of great scientific thinkers, the ‘Founders and Improvers of Natural…

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  • … Joseph Hooker’, Manchester Guardian (15 June 1899), p. 4. ‘A Darwin statue at Oxford’, Times …

Darwin and Gender Projects by Harvard Students

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Working in collaboration with Professor Sarah Richardson and Dr Myrna Perez, Darwin Correspondence Project staff developed a customised set of 'Darwin and Gender' themed resources for a course on Gender, Sex and Evolution first taught at Harvard…

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  • … his theory of sexual selection. Project #4: Physical Science, by Andrew Lea Our …

1.19 John Collier, oil in NPG

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< Back to Introduction Very soon after the delivery of Collier’s portrait of Darwin to the Linnean Society, Darwin’s eldest son William decided to commission a replica to add to the family collection of pictures, which he had inherited. The new…

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  • … great men could be arrayed. A press report of the opening on 4 April 1896 indicated that there were …
  • … Gallery and some of its treasures’, Graphic , 53:1375 (4 April 1896), pp. 407-410. Henry B. …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 6492 — Innes, J. B. to Darwin, C. R., 4 Dec 1868 J. B. Innes, vicar of Down provides …

The death of Anne Elizabeth Darwin

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Charles and Emma Darwin’s eldest daughter, Annie, died at the age of ten in 1851.   Emma was heavily pregnant with their fifth son, Horace, at the time and could not go with Charles when he took Annie to Malvern to consult the hydrotherapist, Dr Gully.…

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  • … “Oh Mamma, what should we do, if you were to die”.— 4 The other point in her character, …
  • … 3 ‘buoyant’: ‘o’  over  ‘y. 4 An interlineation in pencil in Emma Darwin’s hand reads: …

4.17 'Figaro', unidentifiable 1871

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< Back to Introduction Yet another portrayal of Darwin as a tree-dwelling ape was published in The Figaro in October 1871, and titled ‘A Darwinian hypothesis’. The image survives in a torn page in the Darwin archive, but it has so far proved…

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  • … the London edition of the journal for this date. ‘See p. 4’ at bottom right of the plate suggests …

Natural Science and Femininity

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Discussion Questions|Letters A conflation of masculine intellect and feminine thoughts, habits and feelings, male naturalists like Darwin inhabited an uncertain gendered identity. Working from the private domestic comfort of their homes and exercising…

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  • … of Natural Science problematic for Victorian men? Why? 4. How might this correspondence …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … accounting, Darwin reckoned that he had started writing on 4 February 1868, only five days after the …

4.23 Gegeef, 'Battle Field of Science'

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< Back to Introduction Another satirical print by ‘Gegeëf’, The Battle Field of Science and the Churches, is signed and dated 30 November 1873. It survives as a foldout plate in a twopenny journal, The Gauntlet, which, like Our National Church and…

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  • … the Heat of the Conflict, and the third, the Victory’ (p. 4). However, The Gauntlet seems not to …

School Visits

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BOOK NOW FOR OUR SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS The Darwin Correspondence Project are inviting schools to book onto a series of exciting educational workshops starting in September, to coincide with our ‘Darwin in Conversation’ exhibition. Each school session…

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  • … the National Curriculum and are available for KS2 – 4.  LIST OF WORKSHOPS Primary …

Insectivorous Plants published

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Darwin's book, Insectivorous plants, demonstrating that some plant species not only attract animal prey but can digest it, is published. Darwin predicted poor sales but following initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed in…

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  • … Darwin's book , Insectivorous plants , demonstrating that some plant species not only attract …

All Darwin's letters from 1873 go online for the anniversary of Origin

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To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the full transcripts and footnotes of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. Read about Darwin's life in 1873 through his…

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  • … To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the …

Was Darwin an ecologist?

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the extent to which the experiments he performed at his home in Down, in the English county of Kent, seem to prefigure modern scientific work in ecology.

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  • … I gave two seeds to a confounded old cock, but his gizzard ground them up; at least I cd. not …

People featured in the German and Austrian photograph album

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Biographical details of people from the Habsburg Empire that appeared in the album of German and Austrian scientists sent to Darwin on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Johannes Mattes for providing these details and for permission to make his…

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  • … In: Neues Wiener Blatt 270 (2 nd  October) 1874. p. 4. N.N.: Zur Waffen-Confiscation im …

3.12 Edwards, second group of photos

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< Back to Introduction Despite the prior difficulties experienced by both photographer and sitter, it is evident that Ernest Edwards portrayed Darwin again in the late 1860s; but exactly when and in what circumstances is not known. There are strong…

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  • … DCP-LETT-6701. Letter from Alfred Russel Wallace to Darwin, 4 Dec. [1869], DCP-LETT-7019. Darwin’s …

3.1 Antoine Claudet, daguerreotype

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< Back to Introduction This daguerreotype of Darwin with his firstborn child, William, was, according to a label on the glass, taken on 23 August 1842, just before the family moved from London to Down. It is generally attributed to the French…

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2.28 Couper bust in Cambridge

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< Back to Introduction In June 1909 the University of Cambridge, Darwin’s alma mater, staged an international event to mark the centenary of his birth and the fifty years’ anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species. Over four hundred…

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Darwin in public and private

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Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • …   Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 316 – 317. 4) “Difference in the Mental Powers of the two …
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