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4.41 'Punch', Sambourne cartoon 2

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< Back to Introduction In October 1881, Darwin was included in Linley Sambourne’s series of ‘Punch’s Fancy Portraits’ of celebrities as No. 54. While the caption recurs to the old theme of Darwin’s views on human ancestry, the drawing contains a more…

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  • … from Sambourne’s drawing 
 references and bibliography Punch vol. 81 (22 October 1881) …

4.7 'Vanity Fair', caricature

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< Back to Introduction A letter to Darwin from his publisher John Murray of 10 May 1871 informed him, ‘Your portrait is earnestly desired – by the Editor of Vanity Fair. I hope Mr Darwin may consent to follow the example of Murchison – Bismark [sic] …

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  • … and material chromolithograph 
 references and bibliography Vanity Fair , no. 152 (30 …

3.2 Maull and Polyblank photo 1

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< Back to Introduction The rise of professional photographic studios in the mid nineteenth century was a key factor in the shaping of Darwinian iconography, but Darwin’s relationship with these firms was from the start a cautious and sometimes a…

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  • … photographic print 
 references and bibliography National Portrait Gallery, …

4.34 'Punch', Sambourne cartoon 1

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< Back to Introduction Linley Sambourne’s cartoon in Punch, a ‘Suggested Illustration’ for Darwin’s forthcoming book on The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants (1875) is another playful transformation of the author into an ape or monkey. However,…

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  • … a signed drawing by Sambourne 
 references and bibliography Punch vol. 69 (11 December …

4.38 Franz Goedecker, caricature

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< Back to Introduction In a caricature by the German artist Franz Goedecker, Darwin stands in front of a desk, confronting a monkey with a face resembling his own. It holds his book on earthworms, and is squatting on a copy of a German translation,…

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  • … medium and material lithograph 
 references and bibliography O’Clarus Hiebslac, …

3.3 Maull and Polyblank photo 2

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< Back to Introduction Despite the difficulties that arose in relation to Maull and Polyblank’s first photograph of Darwin, another one was produced, this time showing him in three-quarter view. It was evidently not taken at the same session as the…

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  • … albumen photographic print 
 references and bibliography Letter from Darwin to Hooker, 17 …

4.43 'Illustrated London News' article

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< Back to Introduction In September 1887 the Illustrated London News reviewed G.T. Bettany’s popular biography of Darwin, and the reviewer took this opportunity to offer his own thoughts on the ‘domestic tranquillity’ and ‘unassuming modesty’ of…

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  • … drawings by the named artists 
 references and bibliography ‘Mr. Darwin’s house at Down, …

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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  • … from a photograph 
 references and bibliography ‘Charles Darwin. A Phrenological …

4.45 'Puck' cartoon 2

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< Back to Introduction In Reason Against Unreason, a cartoon published shortly before Darwin’s death, the American humorous magazine Puck had celebrated him as the embodiment of ‘Reason’. Now, a month after his death, an imaginative drawing in the…

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  • … chromolithography 
 references and bibliography Puck , 11:269 (3 May 1882): …

4.54 jubilees of Queen Victoria

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< Back to Introduction The golden and diamond jubilees of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887 and 1897 prompted many pictorial commemorations, which often vaunted the national achievements that had occurred during her reign. A colour lithograph drawn by…

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 references and bibliography Her Majesty’s Glorious …

4.53 Claud Warren, 'Outlines of Hands'

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< Back to Introduction Claud Warren’s The Life-size Outlines of the Hands of Twenty-four Celebrated Persons was a ‘portfolio’, circulated in varying editions in 1881-2. It is an amateurish and rather eccentric work, without typographic letterpress –…

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  • … and material lithography 
 references and bibliography The title on the cover of the …

3.14 Julia Margaret Cameron, photos

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< Back to Introduction In the summer of 1868 Darwin took a holiday on the Isle of Wight with his immediate family, his brother Erasmus, and his friend Joseph Hooker. The family’s accommodation at Freshwater was rented from the photographer Julia…

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  • … chloride photographic prints 
 references and bibliography Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake, …

4.50 Cigar box lid design

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< Back to Introduction A brightly coloured chromolithograph with a portrait of Darwin was intended to decorate the inside of a cigar box lid. It comes from a book of sample designs carried by a cigar salesman, and can be dated to the late 1880s or…

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  • … and material chromolithography 
 references and bibliography  Information relating to …

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 effect of a line drawing 
 references and bibliography The Gauntlet 1 (Dec. 1873). …

4.51 Frederick Holder 'Life and Work'

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< Back to Introduction A popular biography of Darwin for young readers by the American naturalist Charles Frederick Holder, published in 1891, sought to present him as ‘an example to the youth of all lands’ (p. v). Thus ‘our hero’ was shown to have…

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 references and bibliography Charles Frederick Holder, Charles …

4.46 'Puck' cartoon 3

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< Back to Introduction In 1885 Darwin made yet another posthumous appearance in the New York satirical magazine Puck – again in a religious context. ‘SHEOL’ referred to the recently published Revised edition of the Bible, which modified the text of…

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 references and bibliography ‘The present revision …

3.19 Elliott and Fry photos c.1880-1

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< Back to Introduction In addition to Elliott and Fry’s photographs showing an old and enfeebled Darwin on the verandah of Down House, there are at least two other images of him created by the same firm at this period of his life - perhaps even on…

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  • … and ‘cabinet’ formats 
 references and bibliography ‘No. XX, Celebrities of the Day: Sir J …

4.14 'Fun' cartoon, 'That troubles'

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< Back to Introduction Of all the cartoons showing Darwin as an ape, ‘That troubles our monkey again’ by John Gordon Thomson is the only one that hints, albeit playfully, at improper behaviour. Descent of Man had been criticised for its apparent…

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  • … and material wood engraving 
 references and bibliography Fun magazine (16 November …

2.25 Henry Pegram statue, Birmingham

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< Back to Introduction Among the many posthumous commemorations of Darwin as one of the ‘great men of history’, there is a striking statue of him on the façade of the University of Birmingham. When the former Mason Science College developed into a…

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  • … and material stone sculpture 
 references and bibliography ‘Illustrations. Birmingham …

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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  • … material bronze bust 
 references and bibliography John Willis Clark and Sir …
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