Francis Galton | final years

Final years

Francis Galton (right), aged 87, on the stoep at Fox Holm, Cobham, with the statistician Karl Pearson.
Sir Francis Galton by Charles Wellington Furse, given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1954

In an effort to reach a wider audience, Galton worked on a novel entitled Kantsaywhere from May until December 1910. The novel described a utopia organised by a eugenic religion, designed to breed fitter and smarter humans. His unpublished notebooks show that this was an expansion of material he had been composing since at least 1901. He offered it to Methuen for publication, but they showed little enthusiasm. Galton wrote to his niece that it should be either "smothered or superseded". His niece appears to have burnt most of the novel, offended by the love scenes, but large fragments survived,[65] and it was published online by University College, London.[66]

Galton is buried in the family tomb in the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels, in the village of Claverdon, Warwickshire.[67]