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Sir George Howard Darwin

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Sir George Howard Darwin, by Gwendolen ('Gwen') Raverat (née Darwin), circa 1900s - NPG 2101 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George Howard Darwin

by Gwendolen ('Gwen') Raverat (née Darwin)
watercolour laid down on card, circa 1900s
13 3/4 in. x 10 in. (349 mm x 254 mm)
Given by the sitter's widow, 1925
Primary Collection
NPG 2101

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The son of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist, George Howard Darwin became a distinguished mathematician and astronomer. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he became a fellow of the college and was later appointed Plumian professor of astronomy and experimental science (1883-1912). An authority on many scientific subjects, he is seen in this portrait by his daughter Gwendolen with a portable writing slope on his lap. Gwen Raverat, as she was known after her marriage to Jacques Pierre Raverat in 1911, studied at the Slade and is best known as a wood engraver but also painted and produced theatre designs.

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