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Ink Bottle (Francis Galton)

Francis Galton (1822-1911) was a half-cousin of Charles Darwin and a polymath who, as well as his many other discoveries in science, statistics and anthropology, pioneered fingerprint analysis. It was known that he often carried a fingerprint kit, comprising a small ink bottle, paper and other paraphernalia. This work is a 1900’s ink bottle etched with copies of Francis Galton’s fingerprints, suggesting the presence of his real fingerprints on the original ink bottle.