Lot 254

[Darwin (Charles)]

Printed card for the ‘Funeral of Mr Darwin’ at Westminster Abbey, held on Wednesday, 26 April 1882, admitting the bearer to the South Transept (‘N.B. – No Person will be admitted except in mourning’), issued by Dean Bradley and bearing the Dean’s seal in black wax in the left-hand border, with black mourning borders, minor soiling, left corners torn, 9 x 12.4 cm., 26 April 1882.

***Darwin had died at Down House on 19 April 1882, expecting to be buried in the local churchyard. But Huxley stepped in, supported in Parliament by Darwin’s neighbour Sir John Lubbock and by a press campaign led by the Standard.

Estimate: £800-£1,200