HMS Beagle notebooks digitized

HMS Beagle notebooks digitized



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Good news has recently appeared for lovers of history and life in all respects as most of the pencil and watercolor drawings made by Conrad Martens, Charles Darwin's partner on HMS Beagle, have been digitized. and made available to everyone on the website of the Cambridge University Library Digital Library.

This is the first time Martens sketches have been digitized, which are available to us completely free on this website. These drawings were made between 1833 and 1835, almost two centuries ago, but they have great value that surely everyone will be able to appreciate in all its magnitude thanks to the excellent work that has been done not only by digitizing them but also by keeping them in the best possible state these little treasures related directly or indirectly to one of the most important characters in history, Charles Darwin.

These digitized sketches have measures of 14 x 20cm, not too big, but they evoke another era, a time where very special trips were made in favor of science. They allow us to discover a whole world of annotations and images of living beings that have never been seen before.

Although today practically all the species that can be seen are known, it is still something impressive that will delight everyone who is encouraged to discover this digitized treasure after a lot of work.

One of the first sketchbooks we can see was started before Martens himself embarked on the Beagle, after learning that the ship was looking for an artist. But these sketches will also see other aspects such as the harshness of an ocean voyage and how difficult it is to be in unknown territory despite being a completely exciting and indescribable experience.

We cannot be deceived and to think that we will find the same sketches and paintings and annotations that Darwin had, a specialist in indulging in details. In many of the pages of Martens we will find a real gibberish of annotations, since he used to take them quite quickly but with a description quite faithful to what he was finding on his trip. Without a doubt, an opportunity to relive one of the most impressive trips in the history of Conrad Martens.

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