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Consie Powell <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:13:09 -0500
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Yes, that's what happened - Rob's book mentions that. I'd forgotten... 

How very fortunate that at least some of his artwork remains...


Consie Powell

Linda Feltner wrote:
> Yes!
> Wasn't it this very Wallace, who after three or so years in the 
> Amazon, lost all his sketchbooks and collections in the rickety old 
> ship that sank taking him back to England???
> Gosh, my memory blanks out on that one.
> I think he made several trips to the Amazon (three or four?)
> I read about that after I had read Margaret Mee's books on her Amazon 
> travels, the fabulous paintings she produced, and sort-of remember 
> thinking that she visited the same tributaries that Wallace visited!
> Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this one. My memory has great 
> gapin' holes.
> Just fabulous,
> Linda
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> Consie Powell wrote:
>> Speaking of Wallace - I have just read a recently published book 
>> called "Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, 
>> from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys" written by my husband's colleague 
>> here at NCSU, Rob Dunn. It's a wonderful read, and in part of it, Rob 
>> writes about Wallace's time in the Amazon, and how Wallace sketched 
>> the insects he collected. From Rob's writing (which is very good, and 
>> fun to read) I got a sense that Rob had viewed these sketches, and 
>> had been able to sense, from the artwork, Wallace's excitement about 
>> what he was seeing. I asked Rob about this, and he loaned me the book 
>> he had, which had color plates of Wallaces moths and other insects. 
>> And they were stunning. So, unlike many of our other brilliant 
>> scientists, Wallace was also clearly very good at illustrating his 
>> own specimens. Cool...
>> Consie
>> Consie Powell
>> Britt Griswold wrote:
>>> Barry K. MacKay wrote:
>>>> Now, this day, I have evoked the 200th birthday of Darwin (a hero 
>>>> of mine but for his shameful treatment of Wallace...but  no one's 
>>>> perfect, and Darwin was for the most part quite a very fine person 
>>>> in all respects and certainly a figure who towers in history) in a 
>>>> document I am writing (and will get back to in just a moment) 
>>>> trying to explain to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources why 
>>>> it is NOT necessary to kill cormorants in order to save trees, 
>>>> herons, fish...whatever...given that these species have co-evolved 
>>>> for so long.
>>> There was a recent article in the Washington Post on Wallace. A 
>>> collecting cabinet off his with about 1200 specimens has turned up 
>>> here.  According to this report. Wallace came up with similar 
>>> thinking to Darwin after Darwin did.  Once he put his thoughts in 
>>> order, he wrote to Darwin to get his opinion.  Darwin, realizing he 
>>> was to be scooped if he did not do something, presented at a science 
>>> meeting first his own thoughts and immediately read Wallace's 
>>> afterward to the group.  Technically this gave Darwin precedence.  
>>> In later years Wallace was quoted as saying he held Darwin in great 
>>> respect and that Darwin's writing on the subject of evolution was 
>>> better than he could have done.  But Wallace probably should be 
>>> better known than he is.
>>> Heard a report of National Public Radio this morning:
>>> Darwin had spent the decades between his realization and publication 
>>> collecting evidence to convince people of the rightness of his 
>>> argument.  Also it turns out that his wife was a very religious 
>>> woman whom he loved greatly and was his best friend, so why rock the 
>>> boat when it can be put off till latter?  The death of his second 
>>> daughter at the age of 10 (it sounds like she would have been a 
>>> brilliant adult) hit Darwin and his wife very hard, and pushed him 
>>> in the direction of getting his theories into shape.  His wife 
>>> actually supported him.  Sounds like a great marriage.
>>> Britt