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Papers of Conrad Martens 1862-1867 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2910795
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description 1862-1867 
56 cm. (4 boxes) 
Summary

The collection consists of: 1. 28 printed volumes, with several annotations in Martens' hand. 2. Manuscript notes: One leaf in Conrad Marten's handwriting consisting of notes on John Ruskin's analysis of "Claude's" technique as discussed in Ruskin's "The elements of drawing", (no date or pagination). 3. Two leaves of notes by Martens on Ruskin's "Modern painters", vol. three. 4. One leaf from Edmund Blacket to Conrad Martens, dated Sydney 20 Nov. 1862. 5. Receipt and acknowledgement of donation from Martens to MacArthur Memorial Fund, dated 5 Nov. 1867.

Biography/History

Conrad Martens was born at Crutched Friars near the Tower of London. His father Christoph Heinrich Martens was a Hamburg merchant, who settled in London after the expiry of his term as Austrian consul. 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 and the two became lasting friends. In March 1835 Martens sailed in the Black Warrior via New Zealand to Sydney. Martens published a lithograph, Sydney from St. Leonards, to augment his income but was disappointed by its quality. So he prepared the stones himself for the series Sketches in the Environs of Sydney in 1850 and had the book printed in Sydney. In 1862, he secured the post of deputy parliamentary librarian with a regular income and duties. (Dictionary of Australian Artists Online.)

Notes

Manuscript reference: MS 6864.

Subjects Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878 -- Archives.  |  Artists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Artists -- Great Britain -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1862-1867 
Occupation Artists.
Other authors/contributors Ruskin, John, 1819-1900  |  Blacket, Edmund Thomas, 1817-1883

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