Monday, 24 March 2014

Darwin and Art


John Hancock, Struggle with the Quarry (1851), taxidermy mount. The Natural History Society of Northumbria, The Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. See http://www.100objectsne.co.uk/objects/view/35

Darwin Chronology
1809
Born 12 February in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
1825
Enrols at the University of Edinburgh to study medicine, but finds he is not suited to it.
1828
Enrols at Cambridge University to study theology, but is more enthusiastic about collecting beetles.
1830
Charles Lyell publishes The Principles of Geology , proposing a vast timescale for Earth's history.
1831-36
Voyage of HMS Beagle.
1836
Darwin returns to London and starts work on his collection of specimens.
1839
Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood, his cousin.
1842
Darwin and Emma move to Downe, Kent, England, where they will live for the rest of their lives.
1858
Both Darwin's and Wallace's ideas presented to the Linnean Society. Response is muted.
1859
Publication of The Origin of Species provokes great controversy.
1871
Publication of The Descent of Man.
1882
Dies 19 April in Downe.  Darwin was given a state funeral and buried in Westminster Abbey.


READ
Donald, D. & Munro, J., 2009. Endless forms: Charles Darwin, natural science and the visual arts, Cambridge, UK; New Haven [Conn.]; New Haven [Conn.]; London: Fitzwilliam Museum ; Yale Center for British Art ; Yale University Press.

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