Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture Jonathan Smith

ISBN: 9780521856904

Published: September 1st 2006

Hardcover

349 pages


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Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture  by  Jonathan Smith

Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture by Jonathan Smith
September 1st 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 349 pages | ISBN: 9780521856904 | 8.64 Mb

Although The Origin of Species contained just a single visual illustration, Charles Darwins other books, from his monograph on barnacles in the early 1850s to his volume on earthworms in 1881, were copiously illustrated by well-known artists andMoreAlthough The Origin of Species contained just a single visual illustration, Charles Darwins other books, from his monograph on barnacles in the early 1850s to his volume on earthworms in 1881, were copiously illustrated by well-known artists and engravers. Jonathan Smith explains how Darwin managed to illustrate the unillustratable - his theories of natural selection - by manipulating and modifying the visual conventions of natural history, using images to support the claims made in his texts.

Moreover, Smith looks outward to analyse the relationships between Darwins illustrations and Victorian visual culture, especially the late-Victorian debates about aesthetics, and shows how Darwins evolutionary explanation of beauty, based on his observations of colour and the visual in nature, were a direct challenge to the aesthetics of John Ruskin. The many illustrations reproduced here enhance this fascinating study of a little known aspect of Darwins lasting influence on literature, art and culture.



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