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Martens, Conrad, 1801-1878 (painter)



  • Existence: 1801 - 1878


Conrad Martens (1801-1878), painter, was born in London on 21 March 1801. He studied landscape painting under Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding, and undertook sketching tours in Kent and Devon. In 1832 he joined Charles Darwin at Montevideo as topographer on HMS Beagle. He left the expedition at Valparaiso in 1834, and travelled via Tahiti and New Zealand to Sydney, where he arrived in April 1835. Martens worked in Sydney as a professional artist, and in 1863 was appointed assistant librarian at the Australian Parliamentary Library. He died in Sydney on 21 August 1878.

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Conrad Martens: Sketchbooks on board HMS Beagle

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7983-7984
Scope and Contents

Sketchbooks of sketches made by Martens during his voyage with HMS Beagle around South America and in French Polynesia.

Dates: 1833-1835
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