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"Charles Darwin: Unraveling the Mysteries of Nature's Evolutionary Tapestry" Embarking on the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin set sail to explore uncharted territories

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Darwins Beagle Voyage Map South America

Darwins Beagle Voyage Map South America
Map of South America with Voyage of the Beagle coloured in red. Appendix from " The Voyage of HMS Beagle" (Cover Title) by Charles Darwin, New Edition 1890 John Murray publishers

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle

Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle
Admiralty map of Galapagos 1845 resulting from Captain Robert Fitzroys Beagle charts, overlain with a portion of a letter written by Fitzroy. Robert Fitzroy (b. 5 July 1805- d)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057

Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Darwin Heirlooms Trust. " Charles Darwin " 1840. Chalk and water-colour drawing by George Richmond (1809-96)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin K980123

Charles Darwin K980123
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Portrait of Charles Darwin c 1880

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Map Darwins Beagle Voyage South America

Map Darwins Beagle Voyage South America
Map of the World with Voyage of the Beagle coloured in red. Appendix from " The Voyage of HMS Beagle" by Charles Darwin (Cover Title) New Edition 1890 John Murray Publishers

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Reilly - Charles Darwin J970164

Reilly - Charles Darwin J970164
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Portrait " Charles Darwin " by Reilly

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1838 Darwins Christ College Cambridge

1838 Darwins Christ College Cambridge
Copper engraving by Le Keux after painting by I.A. Bell with hand colouring entitled " Christs College 1838". Charles Darwin was a theology student of this Cambridge college from 1828-1831

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: On the Origin of Species K970323

On the Origin of Species K970323
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Title page of " On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle in straits of Magellan. Mt. Sarmiento in the distance

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin K970247

Charles Darwin K970247
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. A sepia toned portrait of Charles Darwin, c1859

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Darwins study, Down House J980003

Darwins study, Down House J980003
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Interior view of the Old Study

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021

Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Darwin Heirlooms Trust. " Emma Darwin " 1840. Chalk and water-colour drawing by George Richmond (1809-96)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Darwins Compass J970126

Darwins Compass J970126
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Compass in box used by Charles Darwin on the Beagle

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: H. M.s Beagle

H. M.s Beagle
Frontispiece from A Naturalists Voyage Round the World (1912) by Charles Darwin

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin in his evolutionary tree

Charles Darwin in his evolutionary tree. Caricature of the British naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) sitting in his evolutionary tree

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin, British naturalist

Charles Darwin, British naturalist
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. Darwin had briefly studied medicine and then trained in the clergy, but his interest was in natural history

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1859 First Edition Origin of Species

1859 First Edition Origin of Species
Copy of the first edition " On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin (1859) together with a Cabinet photograph of Darwin and some other Darwin related books

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin, British naturalist

Charles Darwin, British naturalist
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. Animals are shown bursting through the side of Darwins head. This could represent Darwins theories of evolution and natural selection

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1832 Darwins ship HMS Beagle plan

1832 Darwins ship HMS Beagle plan
" H.M.S. Beagle Middle Section Fore and Aft 1832" from " The Voyage of HMS Beagle" (cover title) by Charles Darwin Illustrated edition of 1990

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth

Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth
Darwins sphinx moth, found in Madagascar. The species as a whole is known as Morgans sphinx

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Laurence - Charles Darwin J970202

Laurence - Charles Darwin J970202
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Portrait of Charles Darwin. Pastel drawing by Samuel Laurence

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1874 Monkey Darwin cartoon by Faustin

1874 Monkey Darwin cartoon by Faustin
" Prof. Darwin" coloured lithograph by Faustin Betbeder, with original Shakespeare quotes in text below. Front page of the " Figaro" paper N

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Das Kapital K030651

Das Kapital K030651
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Frontispiece of Darwins copy of " Das Kapital " with a dedication from Karl Marx

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Compass with Darwin signature J970123

Compass with Darwin signature J970123
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. A gold compass with the signature " C Darwin "

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Angraecum sesquipedale, Madagascan orchid

Angraecum sesquipedale, Madagascan orchid
This species of orchid was used by Darwin to prove his theories of evolution. Illustration from The British Museum (Natural History) by Peter Whitehead and Colin Keates, 1981

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1881 Charles Darwin Portrait aftr Collier

1881 Charles Darwin Portrait aftr Collier
1881 Charles Robert Darwin ( 12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882) English Naturalist and author of the Origin of Species. 1922 Hand coloured portrait aquatint of Darwin by G

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring

A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring, drawn and engraved by John Emslie and published by James Reynolds in 1849

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1909 Cartoon Darwin, apes, Haeckel

1909 Cartoon Darwin, apes, Haeckel
1909 " On Darwins hundredth Birthday" Illustration of Charles Darwin in heavenly tree with young chimpanzee (left) and orangutan (right)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1881)

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1881)
Bust of the naturalist Charles Darwin by B. Watagin

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Erasmus Darwin House

Erasmus Darwin House. This is the house where Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), British physician and grandfather of Charles Darwin, lived from 1756 to 1781

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Down House J040111

Down House J040111
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Rear view of the house from the garden

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Down House J040110

Down House J040110
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Exterior view of the front of the house

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Darwinism (colour litho)

Darwinism (colour litho)
3630356 Darwinism (colour litho) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Darwinism. Illustration from Meyers Konversations-Lexicon, c1895.); © Look and Learn

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin, British naturalist, c1870s. Artist: Julia Margaret Cameron

Charles Darwin, British naturalist, c1870s. Artist: Julia Margaret Cameron
Charles Darwin, British naturalist, c1870s. Darwin started his career on board the HMS Beagle and spent six years surveying the South American seas

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: HMS Beagle laid ashore, Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia, South America, 1834 (1839)

HMS Beagle laid ashore, Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia, South America, 1834 (1839). The Beagle, commanded by Robert Fitzroy, set sail on a 5-year voyage around the world in December 1831

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1871

Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1871. Darwin (1809-1882) was employed as naturalist on HMS Beagle from 1831-1836. He first made his name as a geologist

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Grapsus grapsus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America

Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Grapsus grapsus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1843 Captain Robert Fitzroy Darwins capn

1843 Captain Robert Fitzroy Darwins capn
A portion of a letter written by Captain (later Vice-Admiral) Robert Fitzroy (b. 5 July 1805- d. 30 April 1865). Fitzroy was famous as the captain of HMS Beagle who

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1879 Charles Darwin at eighty years old

1879 Charles Darwin at eighty years old
1879 Photograph by Elliot and Fry. According to Gene Kritsky, who maintains an archive of Darwin photographs, this was from a session at his home, Down House, in 1879

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Punch cartoon: Man is but a Worm - Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (engraving)

Punch cartoon: Man is but a Worm - Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (engraving)
6034945 Punch cartoon: Man is but a Worm - Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Specimens collected by Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle 18

Specimens collected by Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle 18
A case displaying various beetle specimens collected by Charles Darwin during the Beagle voyage, as well as a map of the ships route

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Galapagos archipelago

Galapagos archipelago
Illustration (p.398) from Charles Darwins Journal of Researches, first illustrated edition 1890

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: PSCI2A-00006

PSCI2A-00006
Charles Darwin. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century portrait

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
Bust of the naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1881)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Charles Darwin Plaque, c. 1870 (ceramic)

Charles Darwin Plaque, c. 1870 (ceramic)
2959923 Charles Darwin Plaque, c.1870 (ceramic) by English School, (19th century); Timothy Millett Collection; (add.info.: Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882)

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: 1881 portrait of Charles Robert Darwin

1881 portrait of Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882) English Naturalist and author of the Origin of Species. 1922 Hand coloured aquatint of Darwin by G

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: Male peacock (Pavo cristatus) displaying his ocellated tail feathers

Male peacock (Pavo cristatus) displaying his ocellated tail feathers

Background imageCharles Darwin Collection: A lacquered brass microscope belonging to the Darwin family, c.1826-30 (mixed media)

A lacquered brass microscope belonging to the Darwin family, c.1826-30 (mixed media)
8736176 A lacquered brass microscope belonging to the Darwin family, c.1826-30 (mixed media) by English School, (19th century); 13.7x10.7x3.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)



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"Charles Darwin: Unraveling the Mysteries of Nature's Evolutionary Tapestry" Embarking on the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin set sail to explore uncharted territories, armed with curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. The Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle became his compass in this transformative journey that would forever change our understanding of life on Earth. In Richmond, amidst the quietude of his study at Down House, Charles Darwin delved into countless observations and meticulous research. His groundbreaking work culminated in the publication of "On the Origin of Species" in 1859 - a seminal moment that revolutionized biology and challenged conventional beliefs. Darwin's voyage through South America was not merely an adventure; it was a profound exploration into nature's intricate web. Every step he took left an indelible mark on his soul as he meticulously documented each discovery along with Map Darwins Beagle Voyage South America. As a British naturalist, Charles Darwin dedicated himself to unraveling nature's secrets. His relentless pursuit led him to develop revolutionary theories about evolution and natural selection - concepts that continue to shape scientific discourse even today. The first edition of "Origin of Species, " published in 1859, stands as a testament to Darwin's intellectual prowess and unwavering commitment to science. Its pages hold insights that have stood the test of time, inspiring generations after generations. Beyond academia, Charles Darwin found solace within his family circle. Emma Darwin stood beside him as an unwavering pillar of support throughout their shared journey - her presence captured beautifully in Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021. Darwin's compass guided him not only across vast oceans but also through uncharted intellectual territories. It symbolizes his unwavering determination to navigate through complexities while seeking answers hidden within nature itself – Darwins Compass J970126. Today we honor Charles Darwin for his unparalleled contributions towards unlocking nature’s mysteries.