|Actor Henry Edwards in costume for appears to be the role of the Major-General Stanley in Gilbert & Sullivan's
The Pirates of Penzance.
"Henry Edwards was a man of diverse interests across the arts and sciences. In the realm of so-called 'amateur'
science, he perhaps had few contemporary rivals. An actor by profession, Edwards came to Melbourne as a young
man in the early 1850s, and was involved in the burgeoning scientific circles of the period. His brother William
published works in Melbourne on criminal phrenology and mesmerism. Henry made many collections around
Melbourne, and the National Museum of Victoria's collection of Australian insects was partly established from his
private material. Edwards left Australia for America in 1866, and died in New York in 1891. His private
entomological collection, one of the largest in the world at the time, was acquired by the American Museum of
Natural History. Edwards had been a correspondent of Ferdinand von Mueller, and had provided Charles Darwin
with data for The Descent of Man. His letters to hundreds of correspondents reveal much about the nature and
practice of entomology in the colonial era."*
*"A mingled yarn": Henry Edwards, Thespian and Naturalist, in the Austral Land of Plenty, 1853-1866', with Tom
W. May, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 11, no. 3, June 1997, pp. 407-418.
Sarony - Photographer
37 Union Square, New York, New York, U.S.A