I don’t have much information about the Anhorns yet (I’ve written one entry so far), but have good Burkhardt material. I was going to interweave and interleave the stories of four grandparental families, but will keep the German side off this record for now.
There are some synergies and contrasts. GC’s father was originally a German-speaking
Dane from northern Schleswig. He travelled in Germany for a time before
coming to settle in England in 1844, and even left a record of those
travels. So there is some German on the English side.
At the centre of TD’s and GC’s consciousnesses was respect for craft, and that was strong on the German side, too.
The Derricks were often dreamers, the Clausens tended to be practically-minded professionals, DB embodied the sturdy engineering values of the German Mittelstand.
GC’s son Hugh was a naval armaments engineer at the Admiralty. But he was an artist’s son, and his respect for drawing amounted to an obsession. He believed that the lack of respect given to basic drawing in industry was at the root of England’s industrial decline. This would have been understood by the Burkhardts, in whose business the fatal gulf (as Hugh saw it) between drawing and management – the drawing-board and the boardroom - simply did not exist.
The Anhorns and Burkhardts showed a practical respect for nature in the way they managed their affairs. DB had forebodings concerning the future of the planet long before they were commonplace. TD was without hope for the preservation of “rural England” and in some of his drawings had the fury and grim élan of a real satirist. GC spent his life observing and recording nature.