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Filename: J970164.jpg

Size: 3800 x 4600 (27.9MB)

Date: 24th May 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Reilly - Charles Darwin J970164

DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Portrait " Charles Darwin " by Reilly

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EDITORS COMMENTS
"This portrait of Charles Darwin, the renowned naturalist and originator of the theory of evolution by natural selection, was painted by the Irish artist John Frederick Lewis Reilly (1812-1876) in 1848. The portrait was captured at Down House, Darwin's family home in Downe, Kent, England, where he spent the last 20 years of his life. Darwin's groundbreaking work, "On the Origin of Species," published in 1859, revolutionized the scientific world and continues to shape our understanding of the natural world today. In this portrait, Reilly skillfully captures the intellectual intensity and deep contemplation that marked Darwin's life. The artist masterfully depicts Darwin's expressive eyes, which seem to gaze intently into the distance, reflecting his boundless curiosity and unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Down House, a National Trust property, is an essential destination for anyone interested in Darwin's life and work. The house and gardens offer visitors a unique insight into the life of this remarkable man and his family. The portrait of Darwin by Reilly is a treasured addition to the historic collection at Down House, and a testament to the enduring legacy of this brilliant scientist and thinker." This portrait of Charles Darwin by Reilly is a beautiful and evocative representation of the man who changed the way we understand the natural world. The painting captures the essence of Darwin's intellectual prowess and his deep connection to nature. The fact that it was painted in his home at Down House adds an extra layer of significance to the work, making it a must-see for anyone interested in the history of science and the life of this remarkable man.

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