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Sharples - Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine K971925

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Filename: K971925.jpg

Size: 4125 x 4792 (26.0MB)

Date: 24th May 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Sharples - Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine K971925

DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Darwin Heirlooms Trust. " Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine " by Sharples. Charles Darwin and his sister. c 1816

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This enchanting painting captures a moment in time, as young Charles Darwin (aged six) is seen sharing a tender moment with his older sister Catherine, in their family home at Downe, Kent. The photograph, titled "Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine," was skillfully painted by the artist Sharples around the year 1816. This heartwarming image offers a rare glimpse into the childhood of one of history's most influential figures. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is renowned for his groundbreaking work in the field of science, specifically in the areas of evolution and natural selection. His seminal book, "On the Origin of Species," published in 1859, forever changed the way we understand the natural world. However, before he became a pioneering scientist, Darwin was a curious and playful child. The setting of this painting, Downe House, holds significant historical importance as it was the family home where Darwin spent much of his childhood. The house, located in Downe, Kent, is now preserved by the Darwin Heirlooms Trust and is open to the public as a museum dedicated to the life and work of Charles Darwin. This painting, a cherished heirloom, offers a unique insight into the early life of a man who would go on to revolutionize our understanding of the natural world. The bond between Charles and Catherine is palpable, and the innocence and warmth of the scene serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of family and the formative experiences of childhood.

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