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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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The drawing represents an encounter between British colonists and Australian aborigines at Manly Cove on 7th September 1790, when Governor Arthur Phillip was wounded with a spear. The incident is depicted as if seen from the open sea looking inland, so that the figures are very small. The bay forms a semi-circle with a sandy beach containing several camp fires backed by dense woodland, flanked to left and right by rocky headlands. A red and white rowing boat containing five Colonists is depicted just off-shore, alongside a grey shape which is presumably the beached whale. Several of the colonists are depicted towards the centre of the beach, including Phillip with the spear embedded in his shoulder, being attended to by another figure while to the right another discharges a musket. Twenty-seven Aborigines are depicted running and hiding amongst the trees to left and right. The sea reflects the colours of the sky and is represented by a gradated wash of blue with a band of yellow, and overlaid in the foreground by grey horizontal lines. The drawing is framed by a single-banded ink border, and annotated in brown ink in a panel below the drawing.


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