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Conrad Martens. The Man and His Art.


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Lionel Lindsay. Conrad Martens. The Man and His Art. Australia: Angus and Robertson, 1920. First edition. 26 x 22cm, pp. (12) + 33 + (60), 33 tipped-in colour plates, 12 sepia, 16 pencil, and three in-text illustrations; buff coloured boards with dark red fabric spine, titling on top board in dark red, ‘C.M.’ in gilt enclosed in a dark red circle, titling in gilt on spine. In original titled box with coloured plate glued to the top.

Near Fine in Very Good box. The top board has a barely perceptible abrasion and a faint mark, eps are slightly yellowed, inscription on ffep from Angus and Roberston to W. G. G. Meredith, clean throughout. The bottom edge of the cover of the box has a 2cm vertical tear.

Conrad Martens was an English landscape painter who joined the Beagle as an artist sometime around 1832 to replace Augustus Earle. He became friends with Charles Darwin with whom he later corresponded. He left the Beagle at Valparaiso in October 1834, and continued travelling to Tahiti, New Zealand and finally Sydney. It was never his intention to stay in Sydney, but he found work and a wife and spent the next thirty-five years capturing the light and features in and around Sydney Harbour. He was an accomplished water colourist who stood alone in his time.