An image of Apsley Falls

Conrad Martens

(England, Australia 21 Mar 1801 – 21 Aug 1878)

Apsley Falls

Other titles:
Apsley Falls, New South Wales, View on the Apsley Ranges, New England, The Apsley Falls
Not on display
Further information

This watercolour is credited as the first Australian work of art to enter the Gallery's collection. It was commissioned in 1874 by the trustees of the NSW Academy of Art at a cost of £50, and in March 1875 was awarded a gold medal for watercolour at the NSW Academy of Art exhibition. It is slightly larger than an earlier commission (made in 1873) for another Apsley Falls watercolour by the trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Both watercolours were made from drawings Martens produced in 1852, on a trip to northern NSW and Queensland. Martens referred to the watercolour in his Account Book (State Library of NSW) and again on 28 October 1874: 'On the Apsley River. Size 31 x 22 for the Academy'. The Apsley Falls are on the Oxley River near Waterloo, between Walcha and Port Macquarie.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

watercolour, opaque white, gum on paper
54.2 x 76.9 cm sight; 70.2 x 92.5 x 6.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown watercolour "C Martens/ 1874".

Commissioned by the Trustees and purchased 1874
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