Boys, Thomas Shotter (1803-74; English), after Martens, Conrad (1801-78; English/Australian)
View of Sydney, from St Leonards 1843
Lithograph, c.27  x 50 cm (image)
Purchased 1904
Unidentified; present location unknown

This impression was bought together with Clark (J.) after Eyre View of Sydney (nos.1 & 2) {1904} SLV [PR]. The 1905 NGV catalogue lists the present print as after a drawing by Martens, “drawn on stone by T.S.Boys; lithographed by C.Graf; and published by Colnaghi & Co., Sept.11th, 1843.”

As Michael Organ explains, in his 1992 thesis on Martens’ prints, the artist intended the lithograph to be sold “either hand coloured by himself, or uncoloured as printed,” adding that by 1851 he had sold 48 coloured and 10 plain copies. Other impressions are held in the Mitchell and Dixson libraries in Sydney, and the National Gallery of Australia (see reproduction below).

The SLV also holds an impression of a similar print by Boys, after George Angas (1822-86), showing The city and harbour of Sidney {sic} from near Vaucluse (SLV H5209, dated to c.1852; date of acquisition unknown).

[comparative reproduction shown here: NGA impression]


AR 1904, p.25 (as by Boys after Martens); NGV 1905, p.131, V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.33 (with details as above) [bought with the prints by Clark after Eyre, noted above, for £3/3 each]

See now Michael Organ, “Conrad Martens’ Prints: Lithographs, Engravings & Etchings 1830-1878” (University of Wollongong, 1992), esp.pp.8-9 (quoted) and 27 (; available as See also linked artist entry on Martens. For Boys, see Bénézit 2, pp.1091-92; AKL 13 (1996), p.477 (entry by P.Noon); and

For the comparative impression reproduced here, see (giving the size of the image as 27.4 x 50.4 cm)