Hunting on the Santa Cruz River
In Montevideo near the end of 1833, Conrad Martens met Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS 'Beagle', who engaged him as a draughtsman to replace the ship's artist Augustus Earle who had fallen ill. Martens thus began a life-long friendship with Charles Darwin who was taking part in the expedition as a gentleman companion to the captain and self-financing naturalist. They sailed south to Patagonia, reaching Port Desire on 23 December 1833. Here Martens shot a rhea which they enjoyed eating before Darwin realised that this was the rare smaller species he had been told of by the gauchos, and preserved the remains. Martens left the Beagle at Valparaiso in the second half of 1834 and took passage to Sydney via Tahiti, arriving in 1835. Martens achieved instant success in Sydney as the most proficient and prolific landscape artist in the colony. The 'Beagle' arrived in 1836, and Darwin and Captain Fitzroy commissioned a number of paintings from the 'Beagle''s voyages in Tierra Del Fuego and the Pacific.
Original size: 193 mm x 292 mm
- Image reference: PW6234
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
More by this artist
Explore the collections
Search for similar images
Product images of Hunting on the Santa Cruz River
We use a 280gsm fine art paper and premium branded inks to create the perfect reproduction.
Our expertise and use of high-quality materials means that our print colours are independently verified to last between 100 and 200 years.
Read more about our fine art prints.
Manufactured in the UK
All products are printed in the UK, using the latest digital presses and a giclée printmaking process.
We only use premium branded inks, and colours are independently verified to last between 100 and 200 years.
Delivery & returns
We print everything to order so delivery times may vary but all unframed prints are despatched within 2-4 days via courier or recorded mail.
Due to the coronovirus pandemic and Brexit situation, current shipping times may be longer, particularly for destinations outside the UK.
Delivery to the UK is £5 for an unframed print of any size.
We will happily replace your order if everything isn’t 100% perfect.