Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)

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Alfred Russel Wallace was a man of many talents – an explorer, collector, naturalist, geographer, anthropologist and political commentator. Most famously, he had the revolutionary idea of evolution by natural selection entirely independently of Charles Darwin. A printed inscription on paper, adhered to the back of the sculpture accounts the identification of the cast, its maker, funder and affiliation. It is signed by Dr George Beccaloni, Chairman of the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund.

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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)






H 230 x W 120 x D 100 cm

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donated by the Alfred Wallace Memorial Fund to mark the centenary of the sitter's death, 2013

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Inscription description

base, front: Alfred Russel Wallace / (1823–1913) / Co-discoverer of Natural Selection; brass plaque affixed to back of base: This statue was donated to the Natural History Museum, London, by the / A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund to commemorate the 100th anniversary / of Wallace's death on 7th November 2013. / Especial Thanks go to the major donors: / Mark Ribbands & Mui Tsun, Prof Alan Smith, / Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Dr Miguel Bastos Araujo, / Barry Clarke & YT Fong, Tim Preston, and Bill Wallace & family. / The following are thanked for their invaluable help with fundraising: / Entangled Bank Events, Chris Jenord & all others involved in Ancestor's Trail 2013, / Sir Eric Thomas, Lucy Wainwright, Prof Richard Dawkins, Prof Richard Wiseman, / Prof Richard Fortey, Quentin Cooper, Jonny Berliner, / Bill Bailey, and Sir David Attenborough. / A time capsule inside lists everyone who has helped with this project. / Dr George Beccaloni initiated and managed the fundraising campaign. / He also researched the equipment and clothing for the statue. / The statue was designed and sculpted by Anthony Smith.


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