The life and travels of Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, studying the importance of his journals and illustrations in the co-development of the ‘theory of the origin of the species’, analysing the particular effect Victorian social class had upon the reception of Wallace and his work.

Ball, Christina (2014) The life and travels of Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, studying the importance of his journals and illustrations in the co-development of the ‘theory of the origin of the species’, analysing the particular effect Victorian social class had upon the reception of Wallace and his work. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will focus on one of the great naturalists and scientists of the 18th century. One who is commonly overlooked when discussing the theory of evolution, it will look into the life and legacy of Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, who often described himself as the ‘young man in a hurry’ (Raby, 2001, p.134) and how his journals alongside an enormous collection of preserved species helped him to independently develop a theory for the origin of the species and the distribution of animals. This dissertation will recurrently look at why Wallace is not a strong figurehead for the development of the theory of evolution, due to cultural implications of the time such as education and social ranking in Victorian society. This dissertation will compare Wallace with previous renowned naturalists, as well as his colleague and co-publisher of the theory of natural selection Charles Darwin, using various publications and sources made about the two mens lives and works, focusing on the visual material created by Wallace, and how this was received by more renowned scientists of the time, such as Robert Hooker and Richard Spruce. My research is primarily based on lectures attended at the Natural History Museum in London on the life and works of Alfred Russel Wallace by George Beccaloni alongside some of Wallace’s self published works and publications made on the broader subject of Zoological Illustration and the history of naturalists.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 10:36
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15236

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