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Filename: K970217.jpg

Size: 5419 x 3224 (23.6MB)

Date: 5th February 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Charles Darwin on horseback K970217

DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Photograph of Charles Darwin on horseback

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In this photograph, Charles Darwin, the renowned English naturalist, is seen riding a horse through the picturesque countryside of Downe, Kent. Taken at his beloved home, Down House, this image offers a glimpse into the private life of one of history's most influential scientific figures. Darwin's groundbreaking work, "On the Origin of Species," published in 1859, forever changed the way we understand the natural world and the process of evolution. However, beyond his scientific accomplishments, Darwin was also an avid horseman, enjoying the simple pleasure of riding through the English countryside. The Victorian era, during which Darwin lived, was a time when horseback riding was a popular pastime for the affluent. Horses were the primary mode of transportation, and the ability to ride was considered an essential skill for the gentry. In this photograph, Darwin, dressed in a typical Victorian riding outfit, appears relaxed and at ease on his horse, suggesting that he was an accomplished rider. Down House, located in Kent, was Darwin's family home from 1842 until his death in 1882. It was here that he wrote many of his most famous works, including "The Descent of Man" and "The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals." The serene surroundings of the Kentish countryside likely provided him with the inspiration and peace he needed to produce his groundbreaking theories. This photograph, taken by the Historic England Photo Library, offers a rare glimpse into the personal life of Charles Darwin, revealing him not just as a brilliant scientist, but also as a man who found joy and relaxation in the simple pleasures of horseback riding in the English countryside.

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