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404680
  • Title
    [View of Edinglassie] 1835 / watercolour by Conrad Martens
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DL Pf 138
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1835
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    404680
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour and pencil, with scraping-out
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952 Spencer List number: 249P
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Variant title

    Former title: 'Edinglassie seat of Chief Justice Forbes' from old frame label
  • General note

    Martens' Account book (Dixson Library ref. ZDL MS 142) lists on 4 Nov. 1835 'View of Edinglassie Judge Forbes 6.6.0'.

    In the early 1830s, the first Chief Justice of New South Wales, Sir Francis Forbes, owned the only estate west of the Nepean River, at Emu Plains. Edinglassie (or Edenglassie) was at the southern end of the Plains, upstream from the prison farm. Forbes used the property as a country retreat rather than a working farm. His almost circular-shaped house was built between the River and Cox's Road, just before the ascent to the Mountains. It was demolished in 1900. Martens visited Emu Plains on the way to the Blue Mountains during his first weeks in New South Wales in May 1835. His second trip to the district was in Oct. 1835, when he obtained commissions from James and George Macleay of Brownlow Hill, Sir John Jamison of Regentville and this one from Sir Francis Forbes. "View of Edinglassie" seems to be his only painting for Forbes, who left Sydney for England in April 1836 and retired in July 1837. He returned to Sydney and died at Newtown in 1841.

    Transferred from 249P to DL 26, June 1967
    Transferred from DL 26 to DL Pf 138
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed and dated lower right 'C. Martens 1835'
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