“On the Origin of Species:
Texts and Contexts for Charles Darwin’s Great Work.”
September 14 - December 9,
Drawing on the rich special collections of the DeGolyer Library at
SMU, this major exhibition will focus on all the lifetime editions of On
the Origin of Species, as well as Charles Darwin's other publications,
with the work of 18th-century and 19th-century naturalists (Darwin's
predecessors and contemporaries) providing context.
Reactions to Darwin, both from the popular press and the scientific
community, will also be featured.
The DeGolyer exhibition is part of a year-long celebration at SMU
honoring the 150th anniversary of the first publication of On the Origin
of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth.
Sample of Cartoons and Comments
(Click on an image to see a larger, more readable version.)
By Thomas Nast
"Mr. Bergh to the Rescue."
New York, Aug. 19, 1871,
"A Logical Refutation of Mr. Darwin's Theory."
London, April 1, 1871,
"Piety and Parallel."
London, Nov. 30, 1872,
Merchant's Gargling Oil Songster
Lockport, N.Y.: Merchant's Gargling Oil, 
DeGolyer, Pamphlet Collection, M1628 .M58
"Man Is But a Worm."
Punch's Almanack for 1882
London, Dec. 6, 1881.
This cartoon shows a worm
emerging from "Chaos" and evolving into various animals,
culminating in a Victorian dandy bowing to Darwin, who strikes
a pose much like God in Michaelangelo's famous painting in the Sistine Chapel. It is a satire on Darwin's
most recent book, The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the
Action of Worms, With
Observations on Their Habits.
London, May 18, 1861,
"Am I a Man and a Brother?" asks a gorilla, playing off the
anti-slavery campaign, with a humorous verse commenting on the
reaction to Darwin.