Charles IV and His Family, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1800. Prado Museum, Madrid.
Volume V, Number 1 | winter 2012
At a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1860, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce asked T. H. Huxley, who came to be known as “Darwin’s Bulldog,” if it was on his grandmother’s or his grandfather’s side that he was descended from a monkey. To which Huxley reportedly replied, “I should feel it no shame to have risen from such an origin; but I should feel it a shame to have sprung from one who prostituted the gifts of culture and eloquence to the service of prejudice and of falsehood.”
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.—Quentin Crisp, 1968