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DARWIN HEAD
Artist: Jemma Pearson
Medium: bronze
Height: 18 cm
Base: 10 x 11 cm
Weight: 3 kg
Patina: Traditional Brown
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Darwin Head

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A small bust of Charles Darwin as he might have looked on his voyage as naturalist aboard "The Beagle". Uninspired about medicine, Darwin was removed from Edinburgh in April 1827 and enrolled by his father to train for the clergy at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he confesses: ‘During the three years which I spent at Cambridge my time was wasted, as far as the academical studies were concerned’. However, he did register on a natural history course taught by gentleman geologist and professor of botany, the Reverend John Stevens Henslow. Indeed, Cambridge University was built on Anglicanism, so it was inevitable that natural history was going to be taught as a ‘natural theology’, in the vein of William Paley’s dogmatic tome of the same name. Likely, without Henslow’s intervention and interest in Darwin’s career, all the foundations of rationalism seeded in the young man’s mind while at Edinburgh may have been lost; Henslow guided Darwin away from immediate priesthood, refocusing his attention on the geology that had excited him whilst at Edinburgh, and introduced him to the Woodwardian Professor of Geology Adam Sedgwick. He also encouraged Darwin’s dreams of travel, ultimately setting him up as unpaid gentleman’s companion and naturalist for an intended two years aboard the second voyage of Captain Robert FitzRoy’s HMS Beagle, a Cherokee-class Royal Navy sloop. [Adapted from Darwin in Scotland]