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Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802)

Photo credit: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

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Copy after Joseph Wright of Derby, late 18th or early 19th century. Darwin settled in Lichfield in 1756 living in the house that stands by the Westgate entrance to Cathedral Close. He built up a reputation for humane medical treatment and was a central figure of the Lunar Society, as part of which his studies and technological activities made him one of the forces behind the Industrial Revolution. Darwin was also a poet and a botanist, who devised theories of evolution, which were an influence on his grandson Charles.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum



late 18th C–early 19th C


oil on canvas


H 90.5 x W 78 cm

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transferred from Lichfield Museum and Art Gallery, 1970

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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6LG England

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