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[DARWIN, Charles].

Printed card for the 'Funeral of Mr. Darwin'.

Westminster Abbey, Wednesday, April 26th, 1882. At 12 o'clock precisely. Admit the Bearer at Eleven o'clock to the South Transept. (Entrance by Door at Poet's Corner.) G.G. Bradley, D.D. Dean. N.B. - No Person will be admitted except in mo

Stock Code
99492
[London, Dean Bradley, 1882
£4,500

A good example of the collectable admission tickets issued for the funeral for the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin. The tickets were issued to allow access to different sections of Westminster Abbey: the Choir, the Chapter House, the Jerusalem Chamber and, as here, to the South Transept.

Darwin had died at Down House on 19 April 1882, expecting to be buried in the local churchyard. However, Thomas Henry Huxley, also known as 'Darwin's Bulldog', intervened, supported in Parliament by Darwin's neighbour Sir John Lubbock and by a popular press campaign led by The Standard, and the funeral was set instead to take place in Westminster Abbey.

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Description

90 x 124 mm, issued by Dean Bradley and bearing the Dean's seal in black wax in the left-hand margin, with black mourning borders on stiff white card, minor soiling, two corners slightly worn.

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