Charles Darwin, His Portrait Photography

About a week ago, I started to read “The Voyage of the Beagle” written by Charles Darwin published in 1839. A descriptive good book to learn how a naturalist view the world.

As I read, I occasionally google for references which frequently appear in the book. It could be places in the map where Charles Darwin had traveled, or names of animals least heard of. darwin beard

Time spent on reading background of people has also help to better understand this great novel.

While I reading some profile of the prominent figures in the book, the portrait photograph of Charles Darwin took me quite surprise.

Most of the portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is either seen as a bald-headed individual with bushy wisdom beard, or a scientist of younger look with patches of facial hair grown as sideburns.

The strikingly outstanding feature is his frontal bone with distinctive roofs of the orbits of his eyes, giving an expression portraying seriously stern and brutally sobered long face.

Just look like your disciplinary master of in your primary school.

If Charles Darwin were to write children books, I think, having enjoyed reading a fun-loving fiction, little young innocent ones would be shock to realize a fierce-looking author with revelation (!)

From Wikipedia, I found an interesting quote whom he wrote to describe his portrait to the botanist, Joseph Dalton Hooker.

Interestingly, having that harsh look, he did have some sense of humor in this quote.

 “if I really have as bad an expression, as my photograph gives me, how I can have one single friend is surprising.”

Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography
Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography

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