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Collected by Alfred Russel Wallace

...natural selection. This letter drove Darwin to publish ‘On the Origin of Species’ in 1859. In 1869 Wallace published ‘The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird...

Scene near Holy Street Mill, Chagford

The Holly Street Mill was a popular destination for artists looking to capture the infamous “pastoral” scene in Devonshire. Widgery was no exception, especially with his love for the surrounding...

Cross at Chagford

William Widgery used Dartmoor crosses as dramatic focal points in several paintings. In 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, he built a granite cross on Bray Tor, near...

Swiss Lake Scene

In this rare piece, Widgery depicts a peaceful scene on a lake, emphasised by the Swiss landscape in the background. The landscape itself is the focus; however, he also includes...

Club

This close quarter combat weapon is said to have belonged to Chief Rangiaho. (This could be interpreted as Rangiaho, the wife of Chief Tawhiao). It was taken by a British...

Parka

Taking a month to make, this parka is traditionally made by women from sea mammal gut. It is a waterproof outer garment that incorporates fur and dyed gut appliqué. Human...