Danny Vendramini's Darwin page

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Emma Wedgewood.  
1840. Watercolour by George Richmond. 
She married Darwin in 1839.

1840 watercolour by George Richmond.
Darwin was 31 


Daguerrotype studio portrait, with William,
his first born, seemingly wearing a dress.


After several fruitless searches in Surrey and elsewhere, we found this house and purchased it... Few persons can have lived a more retired life than we have done.

Down House, bought in 1842 - viewed from the garden.

gardens   The gardens, Down House.

  The verandah.

  Darwin would relax and read here each afternoon.

My chief enjoyment and sole employment  throughout life has
been scientific work; and the excitement from such work makes
me for the time forget, or drives quite away, my daily discomfort.

'The Study at Down.' Lithograph, from 'Century Magazine.' The small basket where Darwin's white fox-terrier, 'Polly' slept can be seen under his desk..


As it is today, beautifully preserved by English Heritage.

  1849 Engraving after a lithograph by Y. Maguire.

                    Darwin had this glasshouse built at Down house to continue his experiments.                As it looked in 1883.

'The three wise men.' Hooker, Lyell and Darwin.
In October 1838..  I happened to read for amusement  Malthus on Population, and
being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on
from long- continued observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck
me that under these circumstances favourable variations would tend to be preserved, and unfavourable ones to be destroyed. The results of this would be the formation of a new species. Here, then I had at last got a theory by which  to work.
(Above) 1851.  'A Monograph of the Fossil Lepadidae; or, Pedunculated Cirripedes of Great Britain.' London, Palaeontographical Society.