HMS Beagle sketchbooks added to Cambridge Digital Library

 (7 January 2015)  The intricate pencil drawings and watercolours in the sketchbooks were made by Conrad Martens, shipmate to Charles Darwin as they travelled around South America on the voyage of HMS Beagle.

Now, for the first time, all of Martens’ Beagle sketches have been made freely available online through Cambridge University Library’s Digital Library: http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/.

Martens made the drawings between the summer of 1833 and the early months of 1835. Cambridge University Library owns his two sketchbooks from this period and has made an  audio slideshow to celebrate their addition to the Digital Library.

Visit the slideshow and read the full press release here.

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