To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday today, the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge Digital Library, and English Heritage Trust, have released online for the first time, two albums of portrait photographs presented to Darwin in 1877. They were sent by his admirers in Germany and Austria, and in the Netherlands. Also online for the first time are the texts of a series of poems written in Darwin’s honour by Friedrich Adler, a young lawyer from Prague.
See the albums and poems here: https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/people/german-and-dutch-photograph-albums
The albums provide a snapshot of networks of supporters of Darwin on the Continent, and will also be a useful resource for people studying Dutch, German and Austrian social history. Very little is known about many of the people featured in these albums. If you can help to identify any of them, please get in touch by contacting the Darwin Correspondence Project.