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4.5 William Beard, comic painting

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< Back to Introduction In June 1872, Darwin’s friend Asa Gray, the Harvard Professor of Botany, sent him a print or photograph of a comic painting by the American artist William Holbrook Beard. Titled The Youthful Darwin Expounding His Theories, it…

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  • … was photographed and engraved 
 references and bibliography Asa Gray’s letter to Darwin, …

1.13 Louisa Nash, drawing

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< Back to Introduction This sketch portrait of Darwin was drawn by Louisa A‘hmuty Nash as a memento of her friendship with the Darwin family and a token of her unbounded admiration and affection for Darwin himself.  She and her husband, the lawyer…

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  • … brush and indian ink washes 
 references and bibliography letter from Emma Darwin to Revd. …

3.4 William Darwin, photo 1

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< Back to Introduction In the 1860s Darwin increasingly turned to two of his sons - first to William and later to Leonard - for the fashioning of his image. William, the eldest, apparently took up photography c.1857, when still in his teens, and…

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  • … albumen photographic print 
 references and bibliography letter from Darwin to his son …

1.11 Laura Russell, oil

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< Back to Introduction This little oil portrait of Darwin was painted by Laura Russell, daughter of Jules, vicomte de Peyronnet. She was married to Arthur Russell, MP for Tavistock; he was one of the sons of Lord William Russell, and his elder…

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  • … and material oil on canvas 
 references and bibliography Much information kindly …

4.13 'Fun' cartoon by Griset, 'Emotional'

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< Back to Introduction Ernest Griset’s drawing titled ‘Emotional!’ was published in Fun magazine on 23 November  1872, and is another skit referring to Darwin’s recently published Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. A hippopotamus had been…

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  • … and material wood engraving 
 references and bibliography Fun magazine (23 November …

3.17 Lock and Whitfield, 'Men of Mark'

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< Back to Introduction The ambitious series of photographs of Men of Mark, published by the firm of Lock and Whitfield between 1876 and 1883, was a successor to similar sets which had appeared in the 1850s and 1860s. This one was distinguished by its…

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  • … printed frame 
 references and bibliography Men of Mark. A Gallery of …

2.13 Edgar Boehm, statue in the NHM

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< Back to Introduction Edgar Boehm’s marble statue of Darwin in the Natural History Museum was commissioned by the committee of the Darwin Memorial Fund. This body had been set up by Darwin’s friends after his death in 1882, with the aim of providing…

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  • … side, ‘J.E. BOEHM Fecit’. 
   references and bibliography ‘British Museum (Natural History) …

4.4 Thomas Huxley, caricature sketch

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< Back to Introduction This amusing sketch signed by Thomas Huxley is in a letter that he wrote to Darwin on 20 July 1868. By the late 1860s, Origin of Species had given rise to extreme adulation of Darwin on the part of some of the younger German…

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  • … material pen and ink 
 references and bibliography Darwin Correspondence …

4.18 'Figaro' chromolithograph 1

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< Back to Introduction In a cartoon of 1874 by Figaro’s French-born artist Faustin Betbeder (known as Faustin), Darwin holds up a mirror reflecting himself and the startled ape sitting beside him. Their hairy bodies, seen against a background of palm…

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  • … ornamental frame 
 references and bibliography Information and photographs …

1.17 Alphonse Legros drawing

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< Back to Introduction Alphonse Legros’s drawing of Darwin in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of three likenesses of him by this artist in different media, the others being a drypoint engraving and a medallion. Only the medallion is dateable, to 1881:…

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  • … pink prepared paper  
 references and bibliography Fitzwilliam Museum catalogue …

3.21 Herbert Rose Barraud, photos

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< Back to Introduction The successful portrait photographer Herbert Rose Barraud, who had studios in London and Liverpool, photographed Darwin in the summer of 1881, in a group of four or so close-up head-and-shoulders portraits. This was probably at…

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  • … albumen photographic prints 
 references and bibliography Warren D. Mohr collection, …

2.24 Herbert Hampton statue, Lancaster

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< Back to Introduction The monument to Queen Victoria in Dalton Square, Lancaster, is one of many late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public projects that featured Darwin among the great men of history – often, as here, in the context of…

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  • … Portland stone and bronze 
 references and bibliography Clare Hartwell and Nikolaus …

2.7 Joseph Moore, Midland Union medal

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< Back to Introduction The Midland Union was an association of natural history societies and field clubs across the Midland counties, intended to facilitate – especially through its journal The Midland Naturalist – ‘the interchange of ideas’ and…

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  • … cast in either gold or bronze  
 references and bibliography letter to E. W. Badger, [19 …

2.18 Montford, Carnegie bust

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< Back to Introduction In 1901 the immensely rich steel manufacturer and business magnate Andrew Carnegie commissioned Horace Montford for two bronze busts of Darwin. The exact circumstances of the commission are unknown, but Carnegie must have been…

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  • … bronze sculpture 
 references and bibliography Information from archive records …

2.11 Christian Lehr, plaster bust

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< Back to Introduction A plaster bust of Darwin by the German artist Christian Wilhelm Jacob Lehr the younger, dating from 1883, has found its way to a historic zoological library in the Netherlands. This is the Artis Bibliotheek, Natura Artis…

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  • … and material plaster cast 
 references and bibliography Archival information kindly …

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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  • … oil on canvas 
 references and bibliography ‘Register of paintings of the Hon. …
  • … Nicolas Sarony & Co., London. See also other references and bibliography for the first version …

3.20 Elliott and Fry, c.1880-1, verandah

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< Back to Introduction In photographs of Darwin taken c.1880-1, the expression of energetic thought conveyed by photographs of earlier years gives way to the pathos of evident physical frailty. While Collier’s oil portrait of this time emphasises…

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  • … ‘cabinet’ formats 
 references and bibliography letters from Darwin to Hooker, …

1.1 Ellen Sharples pastel

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< Back to Introduction The earliest surviving portrayal of Darwin, who was born on 12 February 1809, is this pastel or chalk drawing by Ellen Wallace Sharples. He is shown kneeling chivalrously before his sister Catherine (born in 1810), in the kind…

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  • … or chalk drawing  
 references and bibliography ‘University intelligence: the …

1.12 Marian Huxley, drawing

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< Back to Introduction Portrayals of Darwin by women in his social circle cannot be lumped together as the products of adoring amateurs. In 1878 he was sketched by Marian (‘Mady’) Huxley, who was then only in her late teens, but already a trained and…

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  • … and material pencil drawing 
 references and bibliography National Portrait Gallery …

2.3 Wedgwood medallions

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< Back to Introduction Despite Darwin’s closeness to the Wedgwood family, he was studiously uninterested in the productions of his maternal grandfather Josiah Wedgwood I, the immensely successful ceramic manufacturer. In a letter to Hooker of January…

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  • … white on blue jasper 
 references and bibliography Much information on this work …
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