The Linnean Society: Darwin and Wallace

 

Darwin and Wallace at the [old] Linnean Society

Darwin and Wallace at the (old) Linnean Society

I am in London right now, on a research trip to the Royal Institution (I posted about this on Transcribing Tyndall yesterday). The Linnean Society is just around the corner from the RI, so on my lunch break today I popped in for my daily dose of Darwin. The Linnean Society is, of course, where Darwin’s and Wallace’s papers on natural selection were presented on July 1, 1858. The current location of the Linnean Society is not where it stood in 1858. It used to be in the part of Burlington House that now houses the Royal Academy of Arts. So, in the meeting room of the current location there are portraits of Darwin, Wallace, and other important naturalists, and in the Academy of Arts you can go to the room that used to be the meeting room, know what happened there, and check out a commemorative plaque. Pictures of both locations can be had here.

 

A very cool scuplture of Linneaus by Anthony Smith (who did the young Darwin statue in Cambridge):

Carl Linnaeus by Anthony Smith

Carl Linnaeus by Anthony Smith

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