Collection Item 

Conrad Martens c 1840

By Maurice Felton

Maurice Felton’s small image of his friend and fellow artist, Conrad Martens, is one of the finest of all 19th-century Australian portraits. It goes well beyond the usual superficial likenesses, which rely as much on the costume and jewellery of the sitters for effect as on any subtle characterisations. By comparison, the portrait of Martens is unadorned but extremely finely finished and painterly, while sensitively evoking the character of the man.

Collection Item Type:
Oil on board
Call Number:
ML 28
Published date:
c 1840
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries

Historical Dates

Started Wednesday, 1 January 1840
Finished Thursday, 31 December 1840