Publisher Information: 1883.
Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825-95). Etched portrait (mounted) by Leopold Flameng after the 1883 portrait by John Collier (1850-1934), signed in the plate by Huxley. London: The Fine Art Society, 1 January 1885. 583 x 423 mm.; mount measures 604 x 440. Scattered foxing, small tear in lower margin not affecting image, but very good. Small embossed stamp in lower right corner.
From the portrait of Huxley painted in 1883 by his son-in-law, pre-Raphaelite painter John Collier. This version of the print is very scarce; this is the first copy we have seen or handled in over 50 years. Based on the large brow ridges shown on the skull that Huxley is holding in the portrait, it is probable that Huxley is holding a Neanderthal skull, the significance of which Huxley originally publicized in his Man’s Place in Nature (1863). Collier was married to two of Huxley’s daughters: First to Marian (Mady), a talented painter in her own right; and after Mady’s death to her younger sister, Ethel. The original of Collier’s portrait now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.Book Id: 45325