Gwendoline Mary “Gwen” <I>Darwin</I> Raverat

Gwendoline Mary “Gwen” Darwin Raverat

Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Death 11 Feb 1957 (aged 71)
Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial Trumpington, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Memorial ID 96774803 · View Source
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THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN: we now have images of the graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma themselves, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; TOTAL OF 19 in England & 1 in Wales and 1 in France.

Cambridge, England = 7:
E.W.D. (Girton)
F.D., Sir (Ascension)
F.H.D. (Ascension)
G.H.D., Sir (Trumpington Extension)
‘I’ (E.C.) D. , Lady (Ascension)
H.D. , Sir (Ascension)
M.H.D., Lady (Trumpington Extension, cremated)
Cannes, France = 1 :
Corris, Wales = 1
Downe, England = 5
E.D. (was E.W.)
H.E.L. (was H.E.D.)
Forest Row, England = 2
(C.) M. D.
Great Malvern, England = 1
London, England = 2
E.F.D. (Putney Vale)
C.D. (Westminster Abbey)
North Stoneham, England = 2
S.P.A.D. (was S.P.A.S.)

Gwen Raverat* née Darwin (full name Gwendolen Mary Raverat, 26 August 1885 to 11 February 1957) was a celebrated English wood engraver who was a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers. She is buried in the Trumpington Extension Cemetery, Cambridge with her father and mother. She was the daughter of Sir George Darwin and his wife Lady Maud, nee du Puy. She was the granddaughter of the naturalist Charles Darwin and the first cousin of poet Frances Cornford, herself a granddaughter of Charles Darwin.

Mother of Elizabeth (1916 - 2014) and Sophie (1919 - 2011).

Her baby brother Leonard is also buried here, he died after birth in December 1899; also Harriet Frances Keynes, the daughter of Sir Geoffrey Keynes and Lady Margaret Keynes, nee Darwin is buried in the same grave - she died in May 1918.

Married 1911, Jacques Pierre Paul Raverat, son of George Pierre Raverat, of Paris, France

Her mother was cremated at Cambridge Crematorium on February 10, 1947.

Author of "Period Piece : A Cambridge Childhood" about the extended Darwin family, first published in 1952 by Faber and Faber, and still in print; a lovely book about the closely knit Darwin family.

* pronounced "Rav-er-rar" since it's French.

"Another elision can be found in her chapter* on the five uncles. Here she mentions that she [Gwen] and her siblings did not know Uncle William and his wife Sara well until as she briefly explains, 'we spent a Christmas with them, once when my mother was ill'. In fact Maud was less ill than fatigued and unable to supply the necessary Christmas merriment as she had just lost her fifth child, who was to have been called Leonard, but who died of jaundice five days after his birth on 30 November 1899. Maud noticed her 14 year old daughter's grief was very acute, and that for some time afterwards Gwen would not leave for a class
without first kissing her mother goodbye and as soon as she returned ran first to Maud's room." * Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood by Gwen Raverat (1952)

In 2003 a Blue Plaque commemorating Gwen Raverat and Period Piece was unveiled at Newnham Grange by Gwen's daughter Sophie Gurney, with Sophie's son William Pryor and Erasmus Darwin Barlow and his wife Biddy in attendance.

She has a memorial at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Harlton, Cambridgeshire.


"Fear no more the heat of the sun
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages."
[From 'Cymbeline' by William Shakespeare.]



  • Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
  • Added: 9 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 96774803
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gwendoline Mary “Gwen” Darwin Raverat (26 Aug 1885–11 Feb 1957), Find a Grave Memorial no. 96774803, citing Trumpington Parish Extension, Trumpington, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Martin Douglas Packer (contributor 47912178) .