George Carpenter’s 1894 Essay on Collections to Illustrate Evolution and Geographical Distribution of Animals

Giraffe in Natural history Museum, Dublin, 2004

George H. Carpenter. 1895. “On Collections to Illustrate the Evolution and Geographical Distribution of Animals,” pp. 106-142, with transcript of discussion at meeting, pp. 142-144, in E. Howarth and H. M. Platnauer (eds.). 1895. Museums Association. Report of Proceedings With the Papers Read at the Fifth Annual General Meeting, Held in Dublin, June 26 to 29, 1894 (Sheffield and York: Museums Association).

Carpenter’s essay is cited regularly as “1894,” which was the date of delivery at the Museums Association meeting in Dublin. The date of publication was 1895.

George H. Carpenter. 1895. “On Collections to Illustrate the Evolution and Geographical Distribution of Animals,” plate 2.
George H. Carpenter. 1895. “On Collections to Illustrate the Evolution and Geographical Distribution of Animals,” plate 2.

Why Carpenter?

I’m working on a project associated with the natural history exhibits at the Horniman Museum. George H. Carpenter was Assistant Naturalist, Science and Art Museum, Dublin. His 1894 talk at the Museums Association is cited by staff at Horniman Museum as influential, and exhibit design at the Horniman was influenced by the work Carpenter did in Dublin.

Carpenter’s essay “On Collections to Illustrate the Evolution and Geographical Distribution of Animals”

George H. Carpenter. 1895. “On Collections to Illustrate the Evolution and Geographical Distribution of Animals

This document has a history. It was digitised by Google. I downloaded it, cleaned it, and converted to single page format. I also deposited this document in Internet Archives. Images were extracted from the article itself. If I obtain better versions of these images, I will revise this posting.

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