Martens, Conrad (1801-1878)

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M., C. (1801-1878)
Martens, Conrad (1801-1978)
Field of activity
Artist; Astronomer; Parliamentary Librarian; Draughtsman; Printmaker; Painter; Art teacher; Deputy parliamentary librarian
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Conrad Martens (1801-1878), artist, was born at Crutched Friars near the Tower of London, the son of J. C. H. Martens, a German merchant from Hamburg who had been appointed Austrian consul to London, where...

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Well-travelled (South America, South Pacific and Australasia) English colonial watercolourist, oil painter, lithographer, sketcher and landscape artist who is one of the better known 19th century artists of Sydney. Martens kept good records and was able to make a living out of his work. However, he did work as a librarian and sometimes paid off wine bills with drawings.

landscape painter and lithographer, was born at Crutched Friars near the Tower of London. His father Christoph Heinrich Martens, a Hamburg merchant, had married an English woman, Rebecca Turner, and settled in London after the expiry of his term as Austrian consul. Their three sons, John William, Henry and Conrad, all became artists. The family moved to Exeter in 1816 after the death of their father; Conrad’s first known picture was made in nearby Dorset in 1827. Like his contemporary John Ruskin, he was a pupil of Copley Fielding (1789-1835), a prolific watercolourist and the most fashionable teacher of his time. Copies in early sketchbooks and Martens’s later writings indicate that he was well versed in academic landscape painting, the traditions of the English watercolour school, theories about painting associated with Claude and Sir Joshua Reynolds, and the work of Turner, Varley, Cox, Girtin and Burnett. It is possible that Martens’s interest in atmospheric effects may initially have been stimulated by Fielding, a painter noted for his depiction of rain clouds and mist. In 1832 Martens sailed on HMS Hyacinth for a three-year voyage to India. On reaching Rio de Janeiro he left the ship and travelled to Montevideo. There, in October 1833, he replaced the ailing Augustus Earle as artist on the hydrographic survey voyage of HMS Beagle commanded by Captain Robert FitzRoy . His shipmate, the young Charles Darwin, found him pleasant company even if he had 'rather too much of the schoolmaster about him’ and the two ...

  • 1835 Arrived in Sydney harbour on the Black Warrior from New Zealand.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1827 - c.1878

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  1. Conrad Martens, 1801-1878 : a biographical sketch / by Andrew Mackenzie
    Mackenzie, Andrew
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    Conrad Martens, 1801-1878 : a biographical sketch / by Andrew Mackenzie
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  2. Portrait, possibly a self-portrait, 1834 / by Conrad Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Art work : 1834 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Conrad Martens, 1921 / Conrad Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Photograph : 1921 ]
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    Conrad Martens, 1921 / Conrad Martens
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  4. [Conrad Martens on board the H.M.A.S Beagle], 1834 / drawn by C. Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Art work : 1834 ]
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    [Conrad Martens on board the H.M.A.S Beagle], 1834 / drawn by C. Martens
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  5. Conrad Martens, 1801-1878 : S.H. Ervin Museum and Art Galley / [introduction by] Jocelyn Gray
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At Art Gallery SA Lib
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  6. Lecture on landscape painting
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1856 ]
    At National Library
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  7. Devonshire, ca. 1830 / drawn by Conrad Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Art work, Book : 1830 ]
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    Devonshire, ca. 1830 / drawn by Conrad Martens
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  8. Conrad Martens in Queensland : exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1978-1979 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  9. Conrad Martens / the H.W.B. Chester Memorial Collection. Ed. by Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 December 1979 - 10 Febraury 1980. Sponsored by The Australian Women's Weekly in association with the Festival of Sydney
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At CARM Centre
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  10. Conrad Martens : the H.W.B. Chester Memorial Collection / edited by Barry Pearce
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At 6 libraries
    Conrad Martens : the H.W.B. Chester Memorial Collection / edited by Barry Pearce
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  1. Conrad Martens, 1801-1878 : a biographical sketch / by Andrew Mackenzie
    Mackenzie, Andrew
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    Conrad Martens, 1801-1878 : a biographical sketch / by Andrew Mackenzie
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  2. Conrad Martens, 1801-1878
    Thomas, Daniel, 1931-
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At 5 libraries
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  3. Portrait, possibly a self-portrait, 1834 / by Conrad Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Art work : 1834 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Conrad Martens, 1921 / Conrad Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Photograph : 1921 ]
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  5. [Conrad Martens on board the H.M.A.S Beagle], 1834 / drawn by C. Martens
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Art work : 1834 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    [Conrad Martens on board the H.M.A.S Beagle], 1834 / drawn by C. Martens
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  6. Conrad Martens, 1801-1878 : S.H. Ervin Museum and Art Galley / [introduction by] Jocelyn Gray
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At Art Gallery SA Lib
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  7. Conrad Martens : artist file
    Martens, Conrad
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  8. Lecture on landscape painting
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1856 ]
    At National Library
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  9. Conrad Martens / the H.W.B. Chester Memorial Collection. Ed. by Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 December 1979 - 10 Febraury 1980. Sponsored by The Australian Women's Weekly in association with the Festival of Sydney
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At CARM Centre
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  10. Conrad Martens in Queensland : exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery
    Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1978-1979 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. M., R.
    Artist; ; Printmaker; Draughtsman; Painter
    ... Martens, Conrad ... Martens, Jane ... sketcher, was born in Sydney, elder daughter of the painter Conrad Martens and Jane, nee Carter. Taught by ... , views in the Bathurst and Lithgow areas and copies of Conrad Martens’s Beagle drawings. She also ...
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  2. Martens, Conrad (1905-)
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  3. Westmacott, Robert Marsh (1801-1870)
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  1. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the will of Conrad Martens, late of St. Leonards, near Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, gentleman, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 30 August 1878 [Issue No.270] p 3488

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... executrix appointed by the said will.—Dated this 26th day of August, A.D. 1878. JANE BRACKENBURY MARTENS ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the trill of Conrad ... 116 words
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  2. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the will of Conrad Martens, late of Saint Leonards, near Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, gentleman, deceased. In the Trust Property Act of 1862.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 1 November 1878 [Issue No.340] p 4424

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... have received notice.—Dated this 31st day of October, a.d. 1878. WANT, JOHNSON, & WANT, Proctors for ... undersigned, on or before the 1st day of December next, after which date the estate of the said Conrad Martens ... 142 words
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  3. MOSMAN MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.—MARTENS LANE.—Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Local Government Act, 1919,
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 15 February 1985 [Issue No.40] p 781

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Middle Head Road) be also known as Martens Lane (in memory of Conrad Martens). M. G. PARK, Town Clerk ... MOSMAN MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.—Martens Lane.—Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Local ... 55 words
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  4. Album of sketches of churches, cott ...
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    Album of sketches of churches, cottages, boats and plant studies, ca. 1830-1878 / drawn by Conrad Martens
  5. Album of sketches of bridges, tower ...
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    [ Photograph : 1878 ]
    Album of sketches of bridges, towers and cottages, ca. 1831-1878 / drawn by Conrad Martens
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    [ Art work : 1859 ]
    Album of pencil sketches and lithographs, ca. 1836-1859 / drawn by Conrad Martens
  1. Classical watercolors AUSTRALIAN PAINTERS | 3. CONRAD MARTENS (1801-1878) | Conrad Martens was the first painter of any note to settle in Australia and earn his living as a professional artist.
    The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 4 April 1962 p 52 Article Illustrated
    ... Classical watercolors AUSTRALIAN PAINTERS By Douglas Watson 3. CONRAD MARTENS (1801-1878) . Conrad ... -fessional artist. HE was born in 1801 in the Parish oi Crutched Friars, near the Tower of Lon-don. His father, a ... 281 words
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  2. CONRAD MARTENS.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 23 October 1920 p 8 Article
    ... by many beautiful reproductions of his work. Martens was born in 1801, and studied under Copley ... position in the Parliamentary library, which he held until his death in 1878. Although the necessity of ... 715 words
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  3. ART OF CONRAD MARTENS.
    Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) Saturday 6 November 1920 p 8 Article
    ... . Martens landed in Sydney n 1835, and lived there until his death, n 1878. "His long and honourable life ... 1801. iHe received a good conventional education.: Church and State are written early upon his thought ... 912 words
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  1. Auction sale of 34 villa sites, North Shore : known as Lord's Paddock / by W. Pritchard, on the ground, Saturday, November 24, at 3 o'clock
    Pritchard, W
    [ Map : 1877 ]
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  3. Brisbane 1888
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  1. Conrad Martens
    Gough, Julie; Waite, Dianne
    [ Article : 2004 ]
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  2. Conrad Martens
    The Triad : a journal devoted to literacy, pictorial, musical and dramatic art.
    [ Article : 1920 ]
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  3. Martens, Conrad
    Gondwana To Gold: A Chronological History of Australia
    [ Article : 1996 ]
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  4. Conrad Martens
    The bulletin.
    [ Article : 1920 ]
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  1. Martens, Conrad
    [ Book ]
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  2. Since Conrad Martens
    National Art Gallery of New South Wales
    [ Book : 1945 ]
    At Art Gallery NSW Lib
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  3. Conrad Martens : the man and his art / by Lionel Lindsay
    Biodiversity Heritage Library
    [ : 1920 ]
    Possibly online
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  4. [Marten Conrad : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Conrad, Marten
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  1. Philip Parker King and Conrad Martens Lecture, 'The Gathering of Governor King' descendants, 1989
    [ Video : 1989 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Henry IV, part 1 / Shakespeare's Globe presents ; by William Shakespeare ; stage director, Dominic Dromgoole ; screen director, Robin Lough ; producers, Conrad Lynch, Lotte Buchan
    Globe Theatre (London, England : 1996- )
    [ Video : 2010 ]
    At Edith Cowan Uni
    Henry IV, part 1 / Shakespeare's Globe presents ; by William Shakespeare ; stage director, Dominic Dromgoole ; screen director, Robin Lough ; producers, Conrad Lynch, Lotte Buchan
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  3. Henry IV
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    [ Video : 1979-2016 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
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    At 4 libraries
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  4. Environmental directions
    Pearlman, Nancy Sue, 1948-
    [ Sound : 1977-2001 ]
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