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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) was a British naturalist, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. Wallace's independent proposal of a theory of evolution by natural selection prompted Charles Darwin to reveal his own more developed and researched, but unpublished, theory sooner than he had intended.
Actors in the rain. From 'Yakusha sangaikyo', a book showing actors in a rainstorm enjoying themselves in the Pleasure Quarters of Edo. They wear wooden shoes and carry paper laterns and umbrellas and hold up the edges of their garments in order not to get them soaked. Woodblock colour printed. Title of Work: Yakusha Sangaikyo ('Amusements For Actors On The Third Floor'). Edo-period, Japan; 1801 Shelfmark: 16104.a.37 volume 2 Page Folio Number: ff.9v-10