Original 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Darwin by Elliott & Fry, circa 1874, signed below the image in black ink, “Ch. Darwin.” Printed text on the reverse [now concealed by the frame] reads: “Elliot & Fry, 55, Baker Street, Portman Square. W.” Beautifully archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with an engraved plaque to an overall size of 12 x 17.5.
In 1874, Darwin published the second—and finally complete—edition of his second book on evolutionary theory, The Descent of Man. This exceptionally rare pose features Darwin with his arms crossed—cartes-de-visite typically seen from this sitting with Elliott & Fry are a slightly different pose where his arms are not visible. This is a perfect example of one of a handful of known signed Darwin cartes-de-visite.