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825948
  • Title
    Album of cloud studies, mountain, bush and harbour scenes, ca. 1841-1850 / drawn by Conrad Martens
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DL PX 28
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    ca. 1841-1850
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    825948
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 album - 26.5 x 40 cm - 1 oil, 26 watercolours, 25 wash, 23 pencil sketches
  • Scope and Content
    f.1 [Ships in harbour]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Notes along base of picture, partly trimmed, indicate colour. On the back of the mount there are two watercolour patches with letters under each indicating colours.
    f.2 [Tree study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.3 [Coast scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.4 [Seascape]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.5 [Cloud study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.6 [Forest scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. On the back is a rough crayon sketch.
    f.7 [Building surrounded by trees]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.8 [Lady in her bower]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Dated from note on back which reads ‘From Mr. Martens to Maurice Felton – June 3, 1841’.
    f.9 H.M.S. Vernon. Unsigned. Undated. There are two sketches; one of the hull from the side and one of the prow. Titled between the sketches.
    f.10 Rocks in Double Bay. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back with note ‘done on the spot’.
    f.11 [Ship aground on rocks]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. On the back there is an unfinished pencil sketch showing a road through trees.
    f.12 Concord near Rhodes, Parramatta River. Unsigned. Undated. Tow notes on back. One probably from R.T. Carter reading ‘Sketch of C.M. – I think Concord near Rhodes Parramatta River’. The other, possibly in the hand of Sir William Dixson’s, reads ‘Elswick near Rhodes 20.3.1845, see sketch’.
    f.13 On the Paterson River. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in unknown hand.
    f.14 Stone pines. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.15 [Cloud study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.16 [Cloud study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.17 The Heads, Port Jackson. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.18 [Cloud and sea study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.19 Bivonac, Middle Harbour. Signed ‘C. Martens’ at lower right. Undated. Titled at centre of mount below picture with added note ‘By C. Martens.’
    f.20 Deans Cottage. Unsigned. Dated ‘June 21’ at lower left. Titled at lower right.
    f.21 [River scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. The style of the drawing indicates that it is probably the work of neither Conrad Martens nor Rebecca Martens, but may have been done by one of Martens’ students.
    f.22 [Landscape]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.23 Lakes at Illawarra. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.24 [Mountain scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.25 The Priory. Unsigned. Undated. Titled extracted from a note on the back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand, which reads, ‘Note on back of mount The Priory Mr. Fisher’s Barrister’s Home’. Mounted on newspaper.
    f.26 [Studies of foliage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.27 [Study of tree forms]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.28 [Mountain scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.29 [Cottage among trees]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.30 [Cottage near water]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.31 [Harbourside cottage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Very similar scene to f.32
    f.32 [Harbourside cottage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.33 [Mountain scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.34 [Farm cottage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Very similar to ff.35 & 36.
    f.35 [Farm cottage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.36 [Farm cottage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.37 [Cottage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.38 [Gum trees]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Similar to f.39.
    f.39 [Gum trees]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.40 [Landscape]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.41 [Tree study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. A note at upper left states, ‘Foreground for the other sketch’.
    f.42 [Landscape with trees and rocks]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.43 [Martens’ house, Rockleigh Grange]. Unsigned; a note on the back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand reads ‘By CM’, the initial ‘C’ has been overwritten on the original which reads ‘R’. The lack of perspective in the sketch indicates that it is more probably the work of Rebecca Martens. Undated. Untitled; titled after a comparison with the photograph of Martens’ house in ‘Photos of old Sydney’ (ref: DL Q86/34).
    f.44 [Painting room at Rockleigh Grange]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Probably the work of Rebecca Martens. Sketch is identified from comparisons with ‘The painting room’ in ‘Views mainly in New South Wales’ by Conrad Martens (ref: DG D12, f.4)
    f.45 [Landscape study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. (oil painting).
    f.46 Charley. Unsigned. Dated ‘March 16th’. Titled at lower right followed by notes indicating colours. To the left is a study of a table, possibly for use in a church.
    f.47 [Study of foliage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.48 [Study of foliage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.49 [Study of foliage]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.50 [Coastal scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. There is a small pencil drawing of a leaf notif in the upper left corner.
    f.51 [Cloud study]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.52 [Unfinished landscape]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.53 [Unfinished coastal scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.54 [Unfinished landscape]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.55 [Bush scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.56 [Bush scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.57 [Bush scene]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.58 [Unfinished landscape]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.59 [Fort Macquarie]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.60 [Oleander flowers]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. A note in ink at lower left in an unknown hand, reads ‘by Conrad Martens. From Mrs. Martens – 19 Augst/82’
    f.61 [Statue of Sir Richard Bourke]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.62 [Mrs. Macquarie’s chair]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled.
    f.63 [Sydney from Tivoli]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. A note along lower edge states ‘Reversed for putting on Stone’.
    f.64 [Fishing at Double Bay]. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. Identified from the residence ‘Carthona’ which is shown at the left side of the bay.
    f.65 St. Thomas Church, North Sydney. Unsigned. Dated ‘April 18th/50’ and titled at lower right.
    f.66 The Heads, Port Jackson. Unsigned. Undated. Titled on back in Sir William Dixson’s (?) hand.
    f.67 Yellow Rock, Wollombi Range. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower left.
    f.68 Hume’s Craigs, on the ‘Gloucester’. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.69 [Scene, possibly in the Botanic Gardens]. Unsigned; on back ‘Conrad Martens’ is written in ink in an unknown hand. Undated. Untitled.
    f.70 Glendon. Unsigned. Dated ‘May 5th, 41’. Titled at lower right.
    f.71 Dr. Mitchell’s residence, Cumberland Place. Unsigned. Dated ‘Feby. 18/42’ at lower right. Untitled. Notes at lower left read, ‘Canes, Mimosa’ and at lower, ‘arums, sunflowers’.
    f.72 Martens’ home, Rockleigh Grange. Unsigned. Undated. Untitled. A note in unknown hand at lower left, partly torn off reads, ‘dearest Rose [?]lia’s parting fit [?]Ch 25th 1847 Ellis’. Notes on back in unknown and differing hand reads, ‘Conrad Martens’ and ‘Rathluba once near Maitland’. Comparison with ‘West front from painting room’ in ‘Views mainly of N.S.W’ (ref: DG D12 f.2) indicate that this is the same view.
    f.73 View from the Gibraltar Rocks. Unsigned. Dated ‘Augst 6/36’ and titled at lower right. A note at lower left reads, ‘deep’.
    f.74 View from Lady Parry’s Seat, Tahlee. Unsigned. Undated. Titled at lower right.
    f.75 Humes Craigs on the Gloucester. Unsigned. Dated ‘Sept 18th 42’ at lower right. Titled at lower right in unknown hand.
  • 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.
    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 : 887892
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