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Image resources

Several Darwin200 partner organisations have picture libraries that can supply reproductions of photographs, illustrations, letters and manuscripts relating to Darwin.

Follow the links below to find out more about these resources…

Darwin Online is the largest collection in the world of electronic images relating to Darwin, many of which can be reproduced.

English Heritage Photo Library, Charles Darwin Collections includes portraits of Darwin and his family, images of Down House where Darwin lived for 40 years, and images relating to his work.

National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive houses the correspondence to and from Charles Darwin to the publishing house of John Murray, and can provide copies. There is further correspondence from other family members including Francis Darwin and other evolutionary thinkers including Joseph Dalton Hooker and Charles Lyell. The collections also include various ledger and accounts entries for the production and sales of Darwin’s works.

The Natural History Museum Picture Library, Charles Darwin Bicentenary Collection contains a wide variety of Darwin material, with images ranging from portraits and letters to original specimens collected by Darwin himself.


‘There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.’ Charles Darwin