LECTURE 2 – SUNDAY 3 APRIL -3PM
Dr Mary Eagle – Augustus Earle in a Darwinian detective story, problem still unsolved
Last November a drawing emerged from the past that made headlines around the world.
Showing the young Charles Darwin on the deck of the Beagle, head bent over a small insect, with fossil bones at his feet and sailors bringing further curious finds, it was the first and indeed the only visual record of its kind. The world’s press gave full credit to the drawing for identifying a key episode in scientific history. To quote the London Telegraph, this was the voyage on which the great Darwin “collected the specimens that would inspire his theory of evolution and change the world.”
The rub is that attributions of the subject, the artist (thought to be Augustus Earle) and date of this remarkable find rest entirely on circumstantial and stylistic evidence.
Be sure not to miss the lecture by Dr Mary Eagle, foremost scholar of Augustus Earle’s work, and consider the evidence!
SCHOOL OF ART LECTURE THEATRE
(Level 2 Main entry Childers Street)
Tickets at the door $10 / $5 student concession
FRIENDS OF THE DRILL HALL GALLERY FREE
Image: (detail) Augustus Earle, a sketch of his astronomy-minded brother 1815-1817;sketch possibly of Darwin on the Beagle in the 1830’s.