He was the grandson of two prominent abolitionists: Erasmus Darwin on his father's side, and Josiah Wedgwood on his mother's side. Painting of the seven-year-old Charles Darwin in , by Ellen Sharples. Both families were largely Unitarian , though the Wedgwoods were adopting Anglicanism.
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Harriet Darwin — , married Admiral Thomas James Maling Darwin's personal appearance is described in unflattering detail in his Biographical Memoirs, printed by the Monthly Magazine in Darwin, the description reads, "was of middle stature, in person gross and corpulent; his features were coarse, and his countenance heavy; if not wholly void of animation, it certainly was by no means expressive. The print of him, from a painting of Mr. Wright, is a good likeness. In his gait and dress he was rather clumsy and slovenly, and frequently walked with his tongue hanging out of his mouth. Darwin, reports that "during the last few years, Dr.