HAWKINS, Benjamin Waterhouse. 20484



Autograph Letter Signed, to Dr. Booth FRS, saying he does not object to Butler Williams’ book “and it is not my intention to carry on my examination in Practical Drawing according to the letter of any written text …” 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine. Norwood, 9 April 1857. Uncommon. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807 – 1894), English sculptor and natural history artist renowned for his work on the life-size models of dinosaurs in the Crystal Palace Park in south London. Hawkins was later commissioned to produce models for New York City’s Central Park museum similar to these he had created in Sydenham. He established a studio on the original site of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, and planned to create a Paleozoic Museum. During his ten years in America (1868-1878), Hawkins designed exhibit halls for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and began to create an enormous paleontological museum for New York City. He contributed illustrations to The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle. During the 1840s, he produced studies of living animals in Knowsley Park, near Liverpool for Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. The park was one of the largest private menageries in Victorian England and Hawkins’ work was later published with John Edward Gray’s text as “Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley”.