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4.52 'Wasp' caricature

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< Back to Introduction Less than a fortnight after Darwin’s death, an irreverent portrayal of him appeared on the cover of a Californian satirical magazine. The Wasp, based in San Francisco, resembled the better-known New York magazine Puck in its…

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  • … and material chromolithography 
 references and bibliography ‘The late Charles Darwin’, …

3.7 Leonard Darwin, photo on verandah

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< Back to Introduction Like the anonymous photograph of Darwin on horseback in front of Down House, Leonard Darwin’s photograph of him sitting in a wicker chair on the verandah was originally just a family memento. However, as Darwin’s high…

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  • … albumen photographic print 
 references and bibliography frontispiece (facing p. 323) to …

3.15 George Charles Wallich, photo

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< Back to Introduction In the years around 1868–1871, when professional photographers competed for sittings with Darwin, a doctor called George Charles Wallich approached him with a similar request. Wallich was planning to publish a set of his own…

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  • … photograph, carte de visite 
 references and bibliography information kindly provided by …

4.35 Frederick Sem, caricature

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< Back to Introduction A caricature drawing of Darwin by Frederick Sem was one of a series of his portrait caricatures acquired by Queen Alexandra for her scrapbook or album, which has been preserved in the Royal Collection. Darwin is shown leaning…

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  • … ‘Queen Alexandra Scrapbook’ 
 references and bibliography information kindly provided by …

3.8 Leonard Darwin, interior photo

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< Back to Introduction Leonard Darwin, who created the distinctive image of his father sitting on the verandah at Down House, also portrayed him as a melancholy philosopher. His head, brightly lit from above, emerges from the enveloping darkness; he…

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  • … photographic print 
 references and bibliography DAR 186.34 (DCP-LETT-11484), …

4.22 Gegeef et al., 'Our National Church', 2

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< Back to Introduction The second version of Our National Church. The Aegis of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity was commissioned by the freethinker, radical and secularist George Jacob Holyoake. It was published by John Heywood of Manchester and London…

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  • … colour lithograph 
 references and bibliography Moncure Daniel Conway, …

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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  • … under a cover glass. 
 references and bibliography Photographic copies of the …

2.22 L.-J. Chavalliaud statue in Liverpool

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< Back to Introduction At about the time when a statue of Darwin was being commissioned by the Shropshire Horticultural Society for his native town of Shrewsbury, his transformative contributions to the sciences of botany and horticulture were also…

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  • … and material marble 
 references and bibliography Article on Henry Yates …

4.10 'Hornet' caricature of Darwin

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< Back to Introduction Caricatures of Darwin that depicted him as a semi-ape are numerous and well known, but they marked a specific historical moment. Most date from the period following the publication of Descent of Man in 1871-2, extending through…

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  • … medium and material lithograph 
 references and bibliography The Hornet , 5:115 (22 …

4.44 'Puck' cartoon 1

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< Back to Introduction In March 1882, a month before Darwin’s death, an admiring image of him appeared in the American comic journal Puck. It was in a cartoon drawn by Joseph Keppler, Puck’s co-publisher, co-editor and chief cartoonist, titled Reason…

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 references and bibliography Puck 11:261 (8 March 1882), …

3.9 Leonard Darwin, photo on horseback

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< Back to Introduction It is so rare to encounter an image of Darwin in a specific locale that a family photograph of him riding his horse Tommy takes on a special interest. He is at the front of Down House, the door of which is open; it seems as…

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  • … albumen photographic print 
 references and bibliography Darwin’s draft letter to a local …

2.17 Montford, statuette

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< Back to Introduction Horace Montford reproduced the design of his seated statue of Darwin at Shrewsbury (1897) as a small bronze statuette. He lent the ‘original cast’ of the statuette to the Darwin Centenary exhibition at Christ’s College,…

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  • … statuette, on a modern base 
 references and bibliography A.E. Shipley and J.C. Simpson …

4.26 Christmas card caricature, monkeys

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< Back to Introduction Sem’s Christmas card with a caricature of Darwin was not the only thing of its kind. A sale catalogue of 2009, Charles Robert Darwin . . . One Hundred and Two Items, included the front leaf of a greetings card inscribed in…

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  • … underlying leaf on the verso’ 
 references and bibliography sale catalogue, Charles …

2.20 Montford, terracotta bust, NPG

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< Back to Introduction Horace Montford presented this terracotta bust of Darwin to the National Portrait Gallery in January 1905. He explained that it was the model for the bronze busts commissioned by Andrew Carnegie in 1901, one of which is now in…

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  • … medium and material terracotta 
 references and bibliography David Saywell and Jacob …

1.8 anonymous drawing, after Ouless

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< Back to Introduction A fine pen and ink drawing in the collection of the Wellcome Library seems to be yet another derivative from Ouless’s oil portrait of Darwin, or from Rajon’s etching of it; but there is no indication of the drawing’s authorship…

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  • … pen and black ink on card 
 references and bibliography Wellcome Collection catalogue, at …

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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  • … medium and material lithograph 
 references and bibliography The Figaro , 28 October …

4.33 'Harper's Weekly', Bellew caricature

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< Back to Introduction In a page of comic drawings by Frank Bellew, ostensibly his ‘Sketches in the New York Aquarium’, yet another joke about Darwin’s simian connections makes an appearance. ‘The Chimpanzee’ sits on a fancy bed amid the straw…

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 references and bibliography ‘Sketches in the New York …

4.30 'La Petite Lune', Gill cartoon

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< Back to Introduction La Petite Lune was a sister paper of La Lune Rousse, and was published, edited and illustrated by André Gill, through 1878-9. It featured a series of caricatures titled ‘Les hommes illustrés’, to which this belongs. Gill again…

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  • … partly hand-coloured 
 references and bibliography La Petite Lune , 10 (August 1878). …

1.7 Ouless replica

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< Back to Introduction Following Darwin’s death in 1882, Walter William Ouless painted a replica of the portrait that had been commissioned from him by the Darwin family in 1875. This replica is signed and dated at lower left ‘W. W. Ouless 1883…

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  • … and material oil on canvas 
 references and bibliography Thomas Dinham Atkinson and John …

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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  • … albumen photographic prints 
 references and bibliography photograph album 262 (the …
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