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Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin, was born May 2, 1808, about 9 months before her future husband. She was the grand-daughter of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the Wedgwood Pottery firm. The Wedgwoods lived in Staffordshire, in an estate house known as Maer…

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was buried in Westminster Abbey on Apr. 26, 1882. He had died on Apr. 19, 1882, at his home in Downe, south of London. It is rather curious how England’s most famous agnostic ended up in Westminster Abbey. The Dean of Westminster, George Bradley,...

John Maler Collier

John Maler Collier, an English portrait painter, was born Jan. 27, 1850. There were a number of talented portrait artists in late Victorian England, as a visit to the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London will bear out, but Collier stands out for us, because he...

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published on Nov. 24, 1859. Considering that his preliminary paper on evolution by natural selection of the year before had been generally ignored, Darwin was surprised, and delighted, to learn that all 1250 copies of the...