Conrad Martens (1801-1878)

Conrad Martens was Australia’s first professional artist. At the age of sixteen he began his art study in London, ending a banking tradition in his family that stretched back to the fifteenth century. Martens left England onboard the Hyacinth headed towards India, but changed ships to work as an artist on the HMS Beagle. He…

Louis Buvelot (1814-1888)

Louis Buvelot arrived in Australia in 1865 as an accomplished painter with a strong reputation in Europe. Following his studies in Switzerland and Paris in the early 1830s, Buvelot spent eighteen years working under the patronage of the Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro II, who had provided him with a studio and purchased his work….

Edward Roper (1830 – 1909)

Edward Roper was born in 1830 and was a consummate traveller, visiting Canada and Australia. He was a writer as well as a painter, lithographer, and illustrator and died in the early twentieth century. Not much is known of him or his artistic output, but we know he travelled to Australia on several occasions from…

Tommy McRae (c.1835 – 1901)

Tommy McRae was an indigenous artist born in the 1830s who for much of his life lived and worked around Wahgunyah in NSW.  He was known by several names including Tommy Barnes and by his Aboriginal name Yackaduna or Warra-euea. It is thought that he was from the Kwatkwat or Wiradjuri people whose country included…