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Martens, Conrad



Martens, Conrad






1801- 1878


An art student of the prominent watercolourist Copley Fielding in London at the age of 16, Conrad Martens left the UK at the age of 32 to travel the world. After 18 months spent in southern oceans, Martens arrived in Sydney in 1835. Achieving high status as the most prolific and skilled of the landscape artists in the Australian Colonies, Martens enjoyed success during the buoyant economic period up to 1843. A drought which hit the colonies in the mid 1840s lead to economic depression, and lead Martens, with his wife and two daughters, to head north to Brisbane in search of work. On his return journey to Sydney, Martens travelled through the New England region in the mid 1850s undertaking a number of watercolours and sketches, commissioned by local land owners. His journey led him back to Sydney where he suffered a stroke in the late 1860s. However, he continued painting right up until his death from a heart attack 18 years later. He is buried at St Thomas’s cemetery in North Sydney.

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