Down House, Darwin's home

Down House, Darwin's home

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Caption: Down House. Historical print of Down House (also known as Downe House) and part of its garden. It was the home of the British biologist, Charles Darwin. It is located at Down, near Farnborough, Kent, England. He purchased it in 1842 for #2000 and this was his home until his death in 1882. The property was "built of shabby bricks" and had a smallholding attached and easy access to a railway station. The rural setting was ideal for Darwin, as he was a modest man who shunned publicity. It was during his stay that Darwin wrote and published (amongst other books) On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871).

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