What Darwin Saw: Sketchbooks from the voyage of the HMS Beagle added to Cambridge Digital Library January 20, 2015 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries, Special Collections, Video – Tags: ,

HMS Beagle Eglise de San Francisco, ValparaisoCharles Darwin considered it to be one of the most formative journeys of his life. His diary and scientific journal of his time aboard the HMS Beagle, now best known as The Voyage of the Beagle, was a bestseller. It was also on this voyage that the first seeds of his masterwork, Origin of Species, were planted.

Now thanks to Cambridge University the entire sketchbooks of Conrad Martens, a shipmate of Darwin’s on the HMS Beagle, are available online. Martens made the drawings between the summer of 1833 and the early months of 1835. They “vividly bring to life one of the most famous voyages in the world and arguably the most famous in the history of science” said Dr Alison Pearn, Associate Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project.

HMS Beagle sketchbook Santa Cruz RiverSanta Cruz River

HMS Beagle sketchbook weaverWoman of Chiloé weaving

HMS Beagle sketchbook Santa Cruz River a[Santa Cruz River], 120 [miles] from the mouth

HMS Beagle Forest scene at Chiloé

Forest scene at Chiloé



HMS Beagle sketchbooks added to Cambridge Digital Library | University of Cambridge

Collectible books by Darwin on HMS Beagle

Top image: Eglise de San Francisco, Valparaiso


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