Conrad Martens limited edition framed giclee “Sydney Cove & Dawes Point”. No. 866 of 1500.
Size artwork 29 x 43 cm and frame 40 x 55 cm.
Conrad Martens was born in London. By 1835 he had arrived in Sydney and quickly became infatuated by the Australian landscape and commenced sketching expeditions into the Blue Mountains, the Illawarra and Broken Bay. In 1837 he married Jane Brackenbury and two daughters survived infancy. Martens enjoyed painting the panoramic vistas of Sydney harbour and foreshores, Lean years ensued and to ‘augment his income he produced a lithographic ‘view of Sydney from the North Shore, hand-coloured prints of which sold for a guinea. Later, in 1850 he issued Sketches in the Environs of Sydney, a series of twenty lithographs in five parts’.’ (adb.anu.edu.au/biography/martens-conrad-2434) Gradually the value of his watercolours were appreciated by the Sydney elite and wealthy land owners who commissioned him to paint their properties. He died on 21 August 1878 . Martens appreciation of the landscape tradition and his curiosity for the Australian environment ensured a powerful legacy of art and history. His landscapes feature in most major Australian galleries.