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Filename: N990005.jpg

Size: 3985 x 4750 (7.3MB)

Date: 5th March 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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William Erasmus Darwin N990005

DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of of William Erasmus Darwin in 1849

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William Erasmus Darwin, Childhood at Down House, Kent (1849)

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This daguerreotype photograph, taken in 1849, captures the youthful charm of William Erasmus Darwin (1836-1914), the fifth child and second son of the renowned naturalist, Charles Robert Darwin. The image was captured at Down House, the family home in Downe, Kent, where the young Darwin spent his formative years. The Victorian era backdrop of the photograph adds an intriguing layer to the image, as it provides a glimpse into the past, offering a window into the life of a future scientific giant. William Erasmus Darwin's expression is thoughtful and introspective, hinting at the intellectual curiosity that would later drive his father's groundbreaking work in the field of evolution. Down House, with its picturesque gardens and serene surroundings, served as the backdrop for the young Darwin's upbringing. The estate's idyllic setting, nestled in the heart of the English countryside, would have provided ample opportunities for exploration and discovery, fostering a deep connection to nature that would influence his future work. This photograph is an invaluable historical artifact, offering a rare insight into the childhood of one of the most influential figures in the history of science. It serves as a poignant reminder of the formative experiences that shaped the life and work of Charles Darwin and his family. The daguerreotype process, an early photographic technique, was popular during the mid-19th century. This photograph, taken using this method, showcases the remarkable detail and clarity that could be achieved during this period, making it a significant addition to the Historic England Photo Library's collection.

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