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Art Work

NOTE: For engravings, the names (if any) are assumed to be: lower left; the illustrator, lower right; the engraver.
Subject's name [in brackets] if artist is unknown.

Engraving: “Catching Turtle.” In “Cruise of the Essex” in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. XIX, August, 1859, pp.289-310. New York: Harper Brothers.
ca. 1890
Engraving: “View in King Charles Island, one of the Galapagos Group.” In Robert Brown's The Countries of the World, Being a Popular Description of the Various Continents, Islands, Rivers, Seas, and People of the Globe. Volume III: Central America; South America. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin.

Belanske, William Emil
Watercolors from the artist's original color proofs of fish taken in Galápagos. In To Galápagos on the Ara (Vanderbilt).

Bérard, Evremond de [engraver, with various illustrators] Info
Five Engravings in Collins: All Round the World.
ca. 1880
Albemarle Island. London(?): Source unknown.
Archipiélago de Galápagos ― Aguada de la Isla Cárlos. Source unknown.
Compare Bull, Lemaître, de Berard engravings.

[Berlanga, Fray Tomás de]
Portrait of Bishop Berlanga in Panama Cathedral. Artist unknown.

Bognoly, José A. & José Moisés Espinosa
Drawings of old and new lighthouses at Isla San Cristóbal.
See also Ralph Stock for lighthouse photo.

Bronson, Wilfred S.
Paintings of Galápagos tortoises, fishes, in Astor Expedition report.

Bull, S.
Engravings based on Galápagos drawings by Midshipman Philip Gidley King. In FitzRoy: Narrative of the Surveying Voyages …
Compare Bull, Lemaître, de Berard engravings.

Chancellor, John
Painting: HMS Beagle in the Galápagos, plus background source sketch, modern composite photo.
Background details about painting at http://darwin-online.org.uk.

Cooke, Edward
Sketches of island profiles. In A Voyage to the South Sea.

Cooper, Isobel
Giant Land Iguana, Plate VI in William Beebe's Galápagos: World's End.

[Dampier, Robert]
Portrait of Robert Dampier. In To the Sandwich Islands on H. M. S. Blonde. Artist unknown.

Gallardo, Christine
Prometheus en Isla Wolf. After Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).

[Gamble, John Marshall]
ca. 1830
Portrait and gravesite photo. The former by unknown artist. Gamble fought and won a duel with John Cowan, whose obituary appeared in the Niles Weekly Register (Hezikiah Niles, Ed.).

Harpers Weekly
Engraving: Wild Bull Shooting in the Galapagos Islands. In February 24 Supplement, p. 160 — The same illustration appeared in the Illustrated London News, March 10, p. 228.
See also JPEG2000 image.

Illustrated London News
Engraving: Gigantic Land Tortoise,—A Present for Her Majesty. In July 13 issue. See HMS Geyser on the “Ships” page for details about the ship that brought the tortoise to England.

Lemaître, Agustin François & Leon Gaucherel
ca. 1850
Engravings Iles Gallapagos: Aiguade dans L'Ile Chatam and Ile Charles. Paris: Publisher unknown.
Compare Bull, Lemaître, de Berard engravings.

Mesnard, Theodore Romuald Georges
Lithographs of Post Office Bay. In Petit-Thouars' L'Atlas Pittoresque.

Mützel, Gustav (artist), Karl Jahrmargt (engraver) Info
ca. 1892
Plates in Alfred Edmund Brehms Tierleben (Animal Life). Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut
1893, 96
Same, in The Royal Natural History. Volume V: Reptiles and Fishes. 6 Volumes. London: Frederick Warne & Co.

Pouncy, Benjamin Thomas & William Alexander
Engraving: “Albemarle Island, the Westernmost§ of the Gallapagos Isles, Cape Berkeley.” In Atlas accompanying Vancouver's Voyage of Discovery.
Ship's position, according to details on engraving.
See also MrSID image.

§ Actually, Cabo Douglas on Isla Fernandina is about 4½ miles farther west than Cape Berkeley.

Shillibeer, John
Sketch of Kicker Rock. In A Narrative of the Briton's Voyage to Pitcairn's Island.

Webb, James
Ex Libris Book Plate created for Captain George Allan Hancock, showing his Velero III. Aircraft symbolizes the Allan Hancock College of Aeronautics.

Caricatures, Cartoons
Leong, S/Sgt. Sing
Centerfold cartoon of “The Rock” from the The Caribbean Breeze. Vol. 4, No. 10 (November), and postcard. New Orleans: Sixth Air Force.

Pellegrini, Carlo Info
ca. 1870
Caricatures of Darwin and his circle. London: Vanity Fair.

Sambourne, Linley Info
Cartoons of Huxley and Darwin. London: Punch magazine.

Currency, Medallions, Etc.
Bank of England
Darwin £10 Note. London: Bank of England.

Guesalaga Toro, Vice Admiral Germán
Plaque commemorating his July visit to Galápagos.

Ingenio “Progreso”
1884, 95, 97
Coins & Company Scrip: former counterpunched “RA” & “R,” latter (undated) signed by A. M. Reed. Wikipedia description of company scrip.

von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang
Darwin Medallion” commissioned by von Hagen and presented to President Velasco Ibarra.§
    § Apparently one of ten, as mentioned in a 1935 Straits Times (Singapore) report.

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Admiralty, British
Map: Galápagos Islands, Surveyed by Captain FitzRoy, R. N. and the Officers of H. M. S. Beagle, 1836. With corrections to 1926.

Arrowsmith, Aaron
Map: Chart of the Galapagos, Surveyed in the Merchant-Ship Rattler, and Drawn by Capt: James Colnett, of the Royal Navy.

ca. 1530
Vellum Chart: Pacific coast from Guatemala to Northern Perú.

Bowen, Emanuel
Map: The Gallapagos Islands Discovered and Described by Capt. Cowley in 1684.
Map: A New & Accurate Map of Mexico or New Spain together with California, New Mexico &c.

Galle, Philip
Portrait of Abraham Ortelius. See also Ortelius below.

Harpers Weekly
Engraving: Wild Bull Shooting in the Galapagos Islands. (Supplement to February 24 issue)

Moll, Herman
Map: A Map of the World Shewing the Course of Mr. Dampier's Voyage Round it. From 1679 to 1691.
Map: A New & Exact Map of the Coast, Countries and Islands within ye Limits of ye South Sea Company.

Ortelius, Abraham
Map: Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio.

Pouncy, Benjamin Thomas & William Alexander
Engraving: “Albemarle Island, the Westernmost of the Gallapagos Isles, Cape Berkeley.” In Atlas accompanying Vancouver's Voyage of Discovery.

Savage, John
Engraving of Prince Giolo. See also Prince Giolo below.

U. S. Army Info
Map: Pacific Ocean, Special Map, Galapagos Islands, Seymour Island.
Aerial photo of island.

U. S. Hydrographic Office Info
Map: Pacific Ocean, Galapagos Islands, Baltra Island. From a Survey by USS Bowditch in 1942. [First edition, apparent source for U. S. Army map above.]

U. S. Navy
Map: U. S. Naval Base, South Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands.


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(Velero III voyage)

Silent Film Clip: Captain Hancock and Iguana.


Silent Film Clip: The Baroness and Robert Philippson on Isla Floreana.

En el Ojo Films

Film Clip: U. S. Military Service Club, South Seymour Island, Galápagos Islands. From “The Rock: Galápagos en la II Guerra Mundial.”

People (Listed by Subject)
[Astor, William Vincent]
Photos of Astor's Nourmahal crew and local residents taken in Galápagos, probably on Isla San Cristóbal [further details unknown].

Baroness (Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bousquet)
1933, 2014
Photos of The Baroness:
  1. Pre-Galápagos photo taken in Paris, date unknown but published 12/12/1934,
  2. Associated Press photo taken in Guayaquil,
  3. an Emory Johnson film (1933 Hancock Expedition),
  4. larevista.ec photo (May 18, 2014, color added)

Beebe, William & Ruth Rose
Photos taken by New York photographers George Kadel & [?] Herbert, on return of the Harrison Williams Galápagos Expedition.

Conway, [Elmer] Ainslie & Frances
Photo of the Conways. In The Enchanted Islands.

Dampier, William

Darwin, Charles
Engraving by Moore (first name unknown), in April 18 Harper's Weekly.
Bust by William Couper. New York: American Museum of Natural History. Images #5296 (left), #32287 (right).
Monument, Isla San Cristóbal.
ca. 1990
Bust at Down House.
Monument, University of Guayaquil.
Cambridge University's Christ's College website page with photo of Darwin bust at the College.

Dolinger, Jane (photographer)
Unidentified San Cristóbal fisherman, questioned about disappearance of the Baroness.

FitzRoy, Robert

Giolo, Prince
Engraving of Prince Giolo by John Savage (No connection to Galápagos, but brought to England by William Dampier and included here for general interest).

Hancock Expeditions
Photos of Officers, Crew and Scientists from Hancock Expeditions to Galápagos.
See Palmer's Third Galapagos Trip for additional photos of officers and scientists.

Kastdalen, Alf
ca. 1935
Photo of Alf Kastdalen. © Jacob Lundh.

Levick, Thomas (“Johnson from London”) & Anita
Photos taken by various visitors to Isla San Cristóbal.

Lord, Phillips
United Airlines press release photo [sic, Philip Lord in accompanying photo legend]. Stamped May 10, 1935 date is incorrect. See Chronology of the Seth Parker Voyage for more details.

Lorenz, Rudolph & Trygve Nuggerud Info
Photos taken on Islas Floreana and Marchena.

Mercator, Gerard
Portrait of Gerard Mercator (left) and Jacob Hondius.

Ortelius, Abraham
ca. 1579
Portrait of Abraham Ortelius by Philip Galle. See also Galle above.

Porter, David

Reiser, Saydee
15 April Letter and Statement pertaining to the disappearance and search for Saydee Reiser on Isla Floreana, plus gravesite photo, photo of Ms. Reiser.

Ritter, Friedrich
ca. 1925

[Ritter, Friedrich & Dore Strauch]
Press photo of a couple on Isla Isabela, mis-identified as Ritter and Strauch.

Ritter, Friedrich & Dore Strauch
Actual photo of Ritter and Strauch

Strauch, Dore
Photo of Dore Strauch, December 25. © John Garth.

Wittmer, Margret

Agassiz, Alexander
Coral Sand Flat, Back of Landing Beach, Wreck Bay, Chatham Island; Plate XV in Agassiz: General Sketch …. Arrow buttons toggle between plate and Magic Lantern slide, with some loss due to surrounding black border.

Associated Press Info
Dr. Ritter's home on Charles Island.

[Astor, William Vincent]
ca. 1933
Galápagos tortoise at Bermuda Government Aquarium. Gift of Vincent Astor. Further details unknown.

Estes, Greg & K. Thalia Grant
WWII artifacts found on Islas Enderby and Genovesa.

Garth, John Info
Galápagos Photos.
See also John Garth's photos of Lorenz & Nuggerud.

Grant, K. Thalia & Greg Estes
Retaining wall on Isla Isabela. In Writing on Walls.

Hill, Anthony
Remains of “Tom” the Galápagos tortoise at Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia. © 2003, Anthony Hill.

Johnstone, Tom Info
Photos taken during visit of ship Zavorah.

Kastdalen Farmhouse
Casa “Miramar” ca. 1943 & 2005. [2005 photo courtesy Matthew James].

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Satellite images of various small islands, viewed via Google Earth.

Ødegård, Robert & Tom Johnstone, Jacob Lundh
Progreso, Isla San Cristóbal.

Snell, Heidi
Aerial Photos of various islands, taken by Heidi Snell.
Pottery fragments found on Islas San Salvador & San Cristóbal.

Stock, Ralph
Photos at Isla San Cristóbal.
See also Bognoly & Espinosa for lighthouse drawings.

U. S. Army
Photos from WWII occupation of Galápagos Islands [More to follow ASAP].
LB-30 Plane Crash on Isla Pinzón.
1943, 59
Aerial Photos from mapping missions by U. S. Army Air Forces (U. S. Air Force after 1947).
Photos from “Galapagos Oasis” in Caribbean Breeze, February, Vol. V., No. 2, pp.14-15.
1959, 2007
Comparison of “S. O. S.” sign on Isla Seymour Norte. 1959: U. S. Army mapping mission; 2007: google earth image.

U. S. Navy
Possible grave site of Lt. John S. Cowan, in Field Monograph of Galapagos Islands. Washington: U. S. Navy Department Office of Naval Intelligence.

Woram, John
Gravesite of Cobos Family in Guayaquil.
Grave of Capt. Pringle Stokes, HMS Beagle, near Port Famine, Chile.
Death in Galápagos. Mother Nature is not always nice, so avoid these photos if you think Galápagos is part of DisneyLand.

Postal Items
ca. 1920
Postcard showing lighthouse keeper's shack on Isla San Cristóbal. The “AZO” and triangle arrangement on back indicate postcard was printed between 1918 and 1930.

Darwin, California Info
Envelopes with a Darwin, California postmark of February 12 (Charles Darwin's birthdate).

ca. 1935(?)
Postcard photo of Five Fingers Rock (Roca Cinco Dedos ó Dalrymple) mis-identified as León Dormido. Actual León Dormido (“Kicker Rock”) visible on horizon at far left.

Ecuador, Republica del
Postage Stamps issued to commemorate centenary of Darwin's visit to Galápagos.
Compare 1932 palm tree photo in J. F. Schimpff article with 2 Sucre postage stamp.
Piratas dell Golfo y Galápagos” postage stamps and first-day covers issued December 29 at Islas San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz.

Ewing, Ray S. Info
Envelope & photo of PBY “Catalina.”

Foster, Paul F. Info
Letter & envelope placed in Post Office Barrel on January 29, picked up by the Leon Mandel — Field Museum Expedition on the yacht Carola and mailed from Peru on February 27. Foster apparently visited Margret Wittmer, as the envelope bears one of her stamped postmarks.

Golden Cachalot
Envelope carried on maiden voyage of first Galápagos tourist ship, mailed from Isla Santa Cruz.

Hancock Expedition
Captain G. Allan Hancock at the Post Office Barrel, January 24, 1938. Photo courtesy John Garth.

Lina A
ca. 1969-70
Envelope apparently put in Post Office barrel by a Lina A passenger, subsequently picked up by someone on the ship Te Vega and mailed from Costa Rica. Since Lina A began Galápagos service on December 4, 1969, and the envelope is postmarked March (day and year unknown), it is assumed here that the year was 1970.

Lorenz, Karl
Envelope addressed to Captain G. Allan Hancock, from Rudolph Lorenz' brother Karl. Contents unknown. Postmark shows day (26) and year (34), but month is unknown.

Panagra (Pan American-Grace Airways)
Envelope postmarked October 20 to inaugurate Panagra air service from Ecuador. Galápagos stamps on rear of envelope.

Pazmiño, R. Info
Postcard: Photo of Galápagos Insurrectionists.

Perkins, Cy Info
Envelopes with enclosed notes, sent from Post Office Bay & Wreck Bay to his San Diego home.

Post Office Barrel
Map, photos & sketches of Post Office Barrel, Post Office Bay, Isla Floreana.

Royal Navy
Postcard: HMS Lancaster crew members at Post Office barrel, Charles Island, November 28.

Seth Parker
Envelopes posted from locations along Eastern coast of United States, Haiti, Panama, Tahiti and American Samoa. [Envelopes after American Samoa were posted in 1936, long after the voyage was prematurely abandoned in April, 1935.]
Undated letter enclosed in some envelopes.

U. S. Navy
NOTE: Each ship name below is a link to a description of that vessel on the “Ships” page.
USS Chicago
Envelope postmarked June 8 with “GALAPAGOS ISLAND” in killer bars.
USS Bagley
Envelopes from the ship's 1937 shakedown cruise to Galápagos. The ship post office stamped killer bars at the locations listed below (only Galápagos envelopes shown here though).
August 27Portsmouth, VirginiaSeptember 19Balboa, Canal Zone
September 6Guantánamo, CubaOctober 4Portsmouth, Virginia
September 9Balboa, Canal Zone 
September 12Wreck Bay, Galápagos
September 15Post Office Bay, Galápagos
3rd Presidential Cruise of the USS Houston
Envelope mailed from Post Office Barrel by crewmember(?) E. J. Rall.
Envelopes postmarked on return voyage to U. S. A.
USS Clark
Envelope postmarked July 15 with “MARE ISLAND: CALIF” in killer bars.
USS Erie
Envelope postmarked December 13 with “POST OFFICE BAY GALAPAGOS” in killer bars.
USS S-45 (submarine).
Envelopes mailed from Post Office Barrel by commanding officer Lieutenant Ian C. Eddy and crewman Fred Gerlach (view letter), picked up by Vanderbilt yacht Pioneer.
USS J. Fred Talbott
Envelope & letter mailed from Post Office Barrel by “C. G. F.” picked up by Vanderbilt yacht Pioneer. (Letter re-typed for clarity, spelling as in original.)

Wittmer, Margret
Postmarks used by Margret Wittmer.

Xarifa (research vessel)
Postcard from Lotte Hass to Dr. Hugo Mauerhofer.
See also ship photo on postcard.