Alfred Russel Wallace by Beaufort

J. W. Beaufort
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), 1923.
Oil on canvas, 146 x 121 cm.

This portrait painted from photographs, depicts one of the most famous British naturalists, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). An important natural history collector, author and explorer, today he is best known for the fact that independently of Charles Darwin he developed ideas about evolution. Wallace’s conclusions encouraged Darwin to publish his own theory of evolution in the famous book, On the Origin of Species.

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