Darwin's Pigeons

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Victorian Pigeons in Fulton's

During Victorian times fancy pigeons had entered what has been called the glory years with even Queen Victoria herself keeping aviaries of fancy pigeons at Windsor Castle which included red Jacobins. At this time illustrators and engravers produced very accurate depictions of these often rare and unusual pigeon breeds. Charles Darwin had a set of C. D. Wolstenholm's pigeon prints from the early 1800's and this set was later donated to the British museum. Darwin himself added to the history of pigeon prints by commissioning woodcuts for his  "Variation in Domestication" of pigeons selected from  W. B. Tegetmeir's lofts.

Please see below prints from Fulton's Illustrated Book of Pigeons circa 1875.

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