Cabinet photograph of Charles Darwin circa 1854 by Maull and Polyblank
by Darwin, Charles
London, 1959. Darwin, Charles (1809-82). Cabinet-size portrait photograph by Maull & Polyblank. [London, ca. 1854]. 165 x 148 mm. Archivally framed (frame measures 363 x 308 mm.). Tiny areas of loss at left margin, but fine otherwise. Rare portrait by the noted Victorian photography firm of Maull & Polyblank, showing Darwin in middle age, seated and facing left, with his right hand on a table. This portrait was used as the frontispiece to Francis Darwin’s Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1884), with a caption incorrectly identifying the photographers as Maull & Fox; the firm of Maull & Fox, a successor to Maull & Polyblank, was not established until 1879. During the past 55 or so years we have seen one example each of two different original photographs of Darwin on the market that were taken around the time of first publication of On the Origin of Species (1859). This is the only example of this famous portrait of Darwin that we have seen on the market during the past 55 years. (Inventory #: 43711)
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