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"Mr. Waterhouse endeavouring to break the Spear after Govr Phillips was wounded by Wil-le-me-ring where the Whale was cast on shore in Manly Cove"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [ca. 1790?]
Dimensions: 25.9 x 42.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 24

 

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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "33", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at bottom, "Mr. Waterhouse endeavouring to break the Spear after Govr Phillips was wounded by Wil-le-me-ring where the Whale was cast on shore in Manly Cove."
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The composition is almost identical to that of Watling drawing number 23, which represents the same incident.
  • An account of the incident depicted is related by Watkin Tench in his Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, originally published in 1793 (see Flannery, Tim (ed.). Watkin Tench: 1788. The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1996, pp.134-141).
  • The author of this catalogue record is Suzanne Stenning.
  • By permission of the trustees of the Natural History Museum (London).
  • Two sets of transparencies held in the Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Library and Picture Library: Picture Library order number 12024
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, (eds.) The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988. (Plate 64, p. 66.)
  • Dixson, W. 'Some Early Picture of Sydney', The Royal Australian Historical Society Journal and Proceedings Vol. 19, 1923, pp. 198-204.