Reader Fred sent a really nice colorized photo of Darwin:
and added this information in his email:
I came across this today and thought you’d like it. It’s a colorized photo of Charles Darwin and it’s really nicely done; it feels quite real. The colorist, who goes by “Zuzah” is an 18 year-old from Denmark. What’s funny is that I could totally see this being used as a cover for an Intelligent Design book called “Darwin’s Secret.” Here’s the page the image is from. He’s got lots of other great photos there, many from the Civil War, but also a nice Grace Kelly, and a couple of Einsteins. (This link goes directly to the Darwin entry but if you click on ColorizedHistory at the top it takes you to the main page.)
I thought I’d seen every photo of Darwin, but didn’t know this one, so I suspected it was a Photoshop job. However, it does appear to be real, and you can see the original here. Why do you suppose he was making the “Shhh!” gesture? Perhaps it was a pose denoting profound thought.
I often wish I could hear what Darwin’s voice sounded like. I imagine it as rather high and nasal, but with a patrician British accent. It’s a pity so much history was lost before there were movies and recordings.