Whilst researching a pastel portrait of Wallace by the Russian artist Mikhail Dmitrievich Ezuchevsky (1879-1928) I found a photograph of him working on a gigantic painting showing many famous scientists, including Darwin and Wallace [click HERE to see the page on which I found the image].
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I never knew that there was an exhibition about Wallace at the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, Russia in 2012, entitled "The theory of evolution would carry his name". It commemorated the 190th anniversary of Wallace's birth (in 2013) and opened on 25 December 2012. The exhibition included a collection of butterflies and birds from the Amazon and Malay Archipelago, a mock thatched hut, plus old books, photographs and maps.
Adaptive evolution by natural selection (henceforth "natural selection") is the “differential survival and reproduction of individuals due to differences in phenotype resulting in the adaptation of one or more traits to the organism's local environment” and is widely believed to be the primary mechanism driving evolutionary change in general - across the continuum from microevolution to macroevolution ("macroevolution is the product of microevolution writ large").
On the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death in November 2013, the Wallace Memorial Fund donated a magnificent bronze statue of Wallace to London's Natural History Museum. The Museum placed it beside their Wildlife Garden staring up at the Darwin Centre 2 building (somewhat ironically)... The spot it was in was relatively secluded, which led to a number of acts of vandalism: the glasses were stolen twice and had to be replaced, and the donor's plaque on the back of the statue was prised off and pocketed...
A very nice educational poster about Wallace and Darwin's travels and discoveries, which George Beccaloni of the Wallace Fund helped Operation Wallacea to produce for schools, is now available for download.
A life-size bust of Alfred Russel Wallace has been donated by the sculptor Jane Robbins to the Linnean Society of London, where it has been put on display in the library. Jane Robbins writes "It is cast in bronze jesmonite (a bronze effect strong resin/plaster and stands on a granite plinth and is life size.
By Tony Whitten (Fauna & Flora International)
Four times I have managed to land Wallace cruise guests on the north side of Klaarbeek at the far west of the Raja Ampat islands. This is where Wallace finally came ashore after his terrible trip from Seram and after losing two of his crew on the island to the south (where we also visit).
Spectacular special Wallace editions of Natural History and Skeptic magazines (both published in the USA) have just been produced in collaboration with Richard Milner's Wallace Centenary Celebration project. Richard edited both issues - and they are packed with excellent Wallace-related articles by famous writers, ranging from Sir David Attenborough to Richard Conniff.
By George Beccaloni
Wallace built "The Dell" in Grays, Essex (now 25 College Avenue), paying for it using the small fortune he had earnt from the sale of the natural history specimens he collected during is epic 8 year expedition to the Malay Archipelago (1854-1862). He lived in the house from March 1872 until July 1876 and during this four year period he wrote his books On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism (published March 1875) and his two volume magnum opus The Geographical Distribution of Animals (published May 1876).