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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

MARTENS, Conrad 1801–1878

MARTENS, Conrad 1801–1878

Noted Australian watercolourist who, before he settled in Australia, called in at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, while he was on the Beagle in 1835 and made some sketches during his five days here. The original artist on the Beagle for that voyage with Charles Darwin had been Augustus Earle, who had had to leave the ship at Montevideo on account of his health; Martens had taken his place. As a New South Wales artist he exhibited New Zealand scenes at Centennial Ex, Melbourne 1888–89. An oil of Kororareka [Russell] at the Bay of Islands 1835 is in Turnbull.