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Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), Physician and poet

Sitter in 8 portraits
A physician and member of the Lunar Society, Darwin wrote The Botanic Garden (1791), a best-selling popular scientific work in rhyming couplets. Sociable, eccentric and inventive, his original ideas on evolution, propounded in his poem, 'Zoonomia', were superseded by those of his grandson, Charles Darwin.

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Erasmus Darwin

after Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, (1770)
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 88

D34686

Erasmus Darwin

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1 May 1797
NPG D34686

D34341

Erasmus Darwin

by William Holl Sr, after J. Rawlinson, and by Thomas Milton, after Richard Corbould, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 February 1803
NPG D34341

D34688

Erasmus Darwin

by William Holl Sr, after J. Rawlinson, and by Thomas Milton, after Richard Corbould, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 February 1803
NPG D34688

D34687

Erasmus Darwin

by James Heath, published by J. Norman, after J. Rawlinson
stipple engraving, published 14 May 1804
NPG D34687

D2565

Erasmus Darwin

by Moses Haughton the Younger, published by Joseph Johnson, after J. Rawlinson
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1807
NPG D2565