Sotheyby's - New York

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 - Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

Age of Wonder
Sale #N11124

An auction spanning categories to highlight the most significant figures of the modern age.

By the dawn of the 19th century, new understandings of astronomy and geology were becoming a part of popular discourse. Despite this, science itself had yet to produce its own theory of creation. Through On the Origin of Species (1859), however, Charles Darwin had written what is now considered a new Book of Genesis. Liberated by science, man’s reach was suddenly boundless. 

As the citizens of the 19th century came to accept the findings of their Romantic forebearers, culture soon caught up. With Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein animated by electricity, Dickens’ Little Dorrit offering an exploration of climate change within London, and photography able to capture with immediacy the essence of existence, society was obsessed with the possibility of science, as well as the wonder it inspired.  


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Sotheby's - New York
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Sotheyby's - New York