COLLECTION OF DARWIN & HUXLEY PHOTOGRAPHS

£6,500

Important Cabinet Portrait by [Herbert Rose] Barraud (1845-1896), [1881], albumen print cabinet card photograph, half-length, in three-quarter profile facing right.

A Fine Abumen Print Portrait Photograph, one of the last before Darwin Died.

A Fine Woodburytype Photograph of Darwin Facing Right

A Fine Woodburytype Photograph of Huxley.

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DARWIN (CHARLES – BARRAUD)

Important Cabinet Portrait by [Herbert Rose] Barraud (1845-1896), [1881], albumen print cabinet card photograph, half-length, in three-quarter profile facing right.

140 x 96mm (5.5 x 3.75ins), printed signature of Charles Darwin and blind stamp of William Luks [1840-1911, photographic and fine art publisher and print dealer] to lower mount, Barraud’s printed name and address details to lower mount and verso

This is one of five known poses by Barraud from 1881, believed to be the last (official) photograph taken before his death in 1882.

Provenance :Arthur George Davis (1892-1957), palaeontologist, naturalist, book collector, by descent through the family.

With

DARWIN, CHARLES. – ELLIOTT& FRY

A Fine Abumen Print Portrait Photograph, one of the last before Darwin Died.

Issued as a postcard. Sitter a quarter turn left.

From a photograph by Elliott & Fry. According to Gene Kritsky, maintainer of an archive of Darwin photographs, this was from a photography session at Darwin’s home, Down House, and on another photograph from that session Darwin wrote “1879” on the back. It was later widely sold and distributed on heavy card stock by Elliott & Fry, with a caption dating it “Circa 1880”.

With

DARWIN,CHARLES – LUKS

A Fine Woodburytype Photograph of Darwin Facing Right

by Lock & Whitfield. Titled William Luks, Copyright, London. 1877, [110 x 165mm] Fine Condition.

Darwin turned to a professional to update his carte catalogue. This would be the second-last carte that he would have taken in his life, but not the last photograph. The company which he solicited to take this image, Lock and Whitfield, came to Darwin’s attention due to their series of Woodburytype prints of famous Victorians made in 1877, which they printed and sold under the title Men of Mark.

Men of Mark included individuals such as Astronomer Royal, George Biddle Airy, and friend and close correspondent John Tyndall. Lock and Whitfield seem to have only taken one pose of Darwin, yet this image would have gained wide circulation through its sale in London photo shops.

Charles Darwin, 1877, Lock & Whitfield, NPG x5939, National Portrait Gallery, London (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

With

HUXLEY, THOMAS – LOCK & WHITFIELD

A Fine Woodburytype Photograph of Huxley. 1877. [ 119 x 165mm], Fine Condition.

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