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Ink Bottle (Francis Galton)

Sir 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. Archive research revealed that he often carried a fingerprint kit, comprising a small ink bottle, paper and other paraphernalia. It is conceivable that his own fingerprints would be present on the ink bottle in the kit held in the UCL Galton Collection. This work is a 1900’s ink bottle etched with a copy of Galton’s fingerprints.