Ref NoMS/646
TitlePhotographs showing artistic creations of Charles Darwin's life - Museum Darwinianum
AdminHistoryThe State Darwin Museum [formerly known as the Museum Darwinianum, Moscow] was established in 1907 by Professor Alexander Eric Kohts [also known as Coates], from his own collection of biological specimens. Kohts was a museum researcher, who read the lectures on the theory of evolution at the Moscow Higher Female Courses at the University of Moscow. When it was opened, it was the first museum devoted only to the theory of evolution. In 1911 Alexander Kohts married Dr Nadezhda Ladygina, the animal behaviourist, and they were co-directors of the museum until 1964. Plans for a new building for the museum were begun in the 1960s but not complete until the 1990s. The museum is still in existence today.
DescriptionSeries of 33 black and white photographs of artists' re-creations illustrating different stages of Charles Darwin's life.

Photographs are contained within a grey presentation folder which has a photograph of a bust of Darwin on the front, and the words 'Illustrations to autobiography of Ch. [Charles] Darwin' on the front. On the inside is written: 'As a souvenir of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, a modest essay to illustrate some pages of his Autobiographie (Life and letters of Ch. Darwin 1887, Vol. I. To the Linnean Society of London from the Darwin-Museum of Moscow. Prof. Dr. Alexander Eric Kohts (Coates) founder (1905) & director of the Museum. '
Extent33 photographs
Related MaterialMS/637-MS/646
Creator NameMuseum Darwinianum, Moscow
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