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An image of Dawes Point, Sydney by Conrad Martens

Conrad Martens

(England, Australia 1801 – 21 Aug 1878)

Dawes Point, Sydney
Other titles:
(Bennelong Point, New Government House, entrance to Sydney Cove and tip of Dawes Point looking from the North Shore)
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
circa 1846
Media category
Materials used
pencil, white gouache

14.9 x 23.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1996
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This drawing was identified as a view of Dawes Point, Sydney by Elizabeth Ellis, Curator of Pictures, State Library of New South Wales. Features in this drawing include the Miles Building, a three-storey warehouse in the centre of the image, and Dawes Battery at the base of the flagpole.
It can be dated before 1846, at which time a stone wall was constructed around the waterline at Dawes Point. It may have been drawn from the residence of Thomas Lloyd on the north shore, as there are several works extant from a similar viewpoint, although this one seems to be from closer to the waterline. It was page 16 from an album of various drawings and prints compiled by Sophia Ives Campbell from 1847, now dispersed. A list of the contents and bindings are held by the Mitchell Library, Sydney. A student of Martens, Miss Campbell is recorded in his account book (Mitchell Library, Sydney) as having purchased four watercolours and three pencil sketches from him on 12 July 1850.

Hendrik Kolenberg, 'Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1997

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 18 (illus.). 2

Exhibition history (1)

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998