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Soldiers Point Darling Harbour 3 September 1835

Date: 1835
Overall: 440 x 590 mm
Medium: Watercolour
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00000384
Related Place:Darling Harbour,

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    A watercolour by Conrad Martens titled 'Soldiers Point, Darling Harbour, Sept. 3. 1835'.
    SignificanceConrad Martens became a popular landscape painter during the early 19th century in Sydney. After serving as official painter on the BEAGLE expedition with Charles Darwin, Martens settled in Sydney and painted numerous scenes of the harbour, growing city and surrounds. He has since become known as the "father of colonial art in Australia".
    HistoryWhen Martens settled in Sydney in 1835 he was immediately attracted to its scenic harbour foreshores, a love that never waned. He also painted numerous dwellings and properties throughout his travels into NSW providing a unique record of the changing landscape.
    At the time Martens painted this scene of Darling Harbour, renamed in 1826 in honour of Governor Ralph Darling—Sydney's Governor at the time, it was the setting of much of the harbours working and industrial side. There were metal factories, abattoirs, manufacturing warehouses and by the 1830's when Martens arrived it was a major port for the loading of timber and coal. Over the next 100 years Darling Harbour would change dramatically from the image pained by Martens and become a booming industrial site fed by the railways and shipping.
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