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825947
  • Title
    Album of sketches and wash drawings of Sydney, ca. 1838-1857? / drawn by Conrad Martens
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DL PX 27
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    ca. 1838-1857?
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    825947
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 album - 26.5 x 40 cm - 22 pencil sketches, 38 wash drawings and 12 watercolours
  • Scope and Content
    f.1 Sydney Harbour. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in unknown hand
    f.2 From Crows Nest. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.3 Berry’s Bay, St. Leonards. Unsigned. Dated ‘May 21st & 25th’, and titled at lower left.
    f.4 Goat Island. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.5 Near Milson’s Point. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.6 W. Bowmans Cottage. Unsigned. Dated ‘April 27th’, and titled at lower right. Similar to f.7.
    f.7 W. Bowmans Cottage near Neutral Bay. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.8 Fort Denison from North Shore. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back, ‘Fort Denison’ in Rebecca Martens' (?) hand, and ‘from North Shore’ in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.9 Darling Point from North Shore. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.10 North Head from above Balmoral. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. This drawing is similar to f.17.
    f.11 North Head from above Balmoral. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.12 The Heads from Chowder Bay. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.13 The Heads from Middle Head. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. There is a note along the lower edge of the picture in an unknown hand, ‘Mr Martens sketch for decoration of his dining room’.
    f.14 The Heads from Bradleys. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand. Similar to ff. 15 and 16.
    f.15 [The Heads from Bradleys]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.16 [The Heads from Bradleys]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.17 [North Head from above Balmoral]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.18 Wreck of the ‘Edward Lombe’ on Middle Head. Unsigned. Undated. Title is from a note on back possibly in hand of R.T. Carter. Also mss. notes regarding the date of the wreck occurring August 25th, 1834, when Martens was in Valpariaso. Questioning how long the wreck remained on Middle Head.
    f.19 (filed after f.22) [Coastal scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.20 Middle Harbour. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in unknown hand.
    f.21 (filed after f.18) [Harbour scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.22 Curl Curl lagoon. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.23 Cliffs near Bondi. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.24 Near Coogee. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.25 Tomb, Capt. Stanley R.N., Willoughby Church Yard. Unsigned. Dated ‘April 1857’ on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?) Titled at lower right.
    f.26 Parramatta. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.27 Cunningham’s Monument, Bot. Gardens. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on mount at lower right and on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.28 Govt. house. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.29 Government House. Unsigned. Dated ‘May 14-‘ at lower right. Untitled.
    f.30 [Government House]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.31 The old Cottage at Greenoaks. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower left in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.32 [Claremont]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Compared to ‘Some houses and people of New South Wales’ by G. Nesta Griffiths p. 158, indicates that this is probably Claremont.
    f.33 [Two wheeled cart near shed]. Unsigned. Dated ‘July15th’ at lower right. Untitled.
    f.34 [Scene showing cottage near road]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Unfinished.
    f.35 Lansdowne Bridge. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right and on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.36 Wisemans Ferry. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right and on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.37 [Coastal or lake scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.38 [Coastal or lake scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.39 [Coastal or lake scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.40 [Coastal or lake scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.41-f.50 [Coastal scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.51 [Scene with mountains in background]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.52 [Scene with a tree and a clump of bushes]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.53 [Harbour scene with rocks]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.54 [Scene showing rocks and a fence]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.55-f.57 [Scene showing rocks]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.58 Scene on the North Shore. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower left.
    f.59 North Shore. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.60 From St. Leonards. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?). On mount is ‘Dawes Pt.’
    f.61 Scene in the Blue Mountains, N.S.Wales. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    Note f.61 is described in more detail. See attached record.
    f.62 [Mountain scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Similar to f.63.
    f.63 [Mountain scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.64 Weatherboard. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.65 [Mountain scene]. Signed ‘Martens’ at lower right. Undated. Untitled.
    f.66 View nr. Richmond … the Grosehead etc. N.S.Wales. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.67 [Boabab tree]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.68 Mt. Granville, New England. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s hand (?)
    f.69 [Scene with trees in foreground]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.70 Native companions [sic studies of Brolgas]. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right. Mss. notes on colour.
    f.71 Belmont. Unsigned. Dated ‘July 20/38’ and titled at lower right. There is a note at centre bottom indicating the Nepean River.
    f.72 View from the Terrace near Belmont. Unsigned. Dated ‘July, 20/38’ and titled at lower right.
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    SLNSW Mitchell Library Pictures Card Catalogue
  • General note

    ‘Conrad Martens Sketches’ – Cover.
    Bookplate of ‘Sir William Dixson’ – Inside front cover.
    f.61 reproduced in ‘Conrad Martens: life & art’ by Elizabeth Ellis. Sydney: State Library of NSW Press, 1994
    Robert Thomas Carter was an art dealer who purchased many drawings by Martens. He often added his own pencil inscriptions to the drawings, usually details about locations and prices. The majority were sold to David Scott Mitchell and William Dixson. (Conrad Martens : life & art / Elizabeth Ellis, p.88)
    Digital order no:Album ID : 888085
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