Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878

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Conrad Martens was born in England and arrived in Sydney in 1835. He was the son of J. C. H. Martens, a German Consul for Australia, in London. In 1816 he left England on the ship "Hyacinth" for India. Later he succeeded the artist Augustus Earle on the ship HMS "Beagle" where he met and became a close friend of Charles Darwin who influenced his painting technique. Martens published a set of lithographs titled "Sketches of Sydney" in 1850-1851. He became Parliamentary Librarian in 1836, a post he held until his death.

From the description of Papers [manuscript]. 1862-1867. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225842557

Conrad Martens (1801-1878), painter, was born in London on 21 March 1801. He studied landscape painting under Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding, and undertook sketching tours in Kent and Devon. In 1832 he joined Charles Darwin at Montevideo as topographer on HMS Beagle . He left the expedition at Valparaiso in 1834, and travelled via Tahiti and New Zealand to Sydney, where he arrived in April 1835. Martens worked in Sydney as a professional artist, and in 1863 was appointed assistant librarian at the Australian Parliamentary Library. He died in Sydney on 21 August 1878.

From the guide to the Conrad Martens: Sketchbooks on board HMS, Beagle, 1833-1835, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

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creatorOf Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878. Papers [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Conrad Martens: Sketchbooks on board HMS, Beagle, 1833-1835 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Alison, Archibald, 1757-1839,. Papers pertaining to Charles Darwin and evolution, 1771-1821. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn [Conrad Martens : Australian Art and Artists file]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Alison, Archibald, 1757-1839. Papers pertaining to Charles Darwin and evolution [manuscript], 1771-1921. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878. Lecture on landscape painting [microform]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878. Notes on painting [microform]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Steele, J. G. (John Gladstone), 1935-. In the steps of Conrad Martens / by J.G. Steele. University of Queensland, UQ Library
creatorOf Conrad Martens: Sketchbooks on board HMS, Beagle, 1833-1835 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
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associatedWith Blacket, Edmund Thomas, 1817-1883. person
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associatedWith Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. person
associatedWith Steele, J. G. (John Gladstone), 1935- person
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Landscape painting--19th century
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Death 1878-08-21

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