Bi-Gong

Bi-Gong

Thomas Watling (1762 - unknown)
Pencil, 1792 - 1797 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Watling collection

Watling shows Bi-Gong, a young man, carrying a spear and shield, the top of which is visible in the right of the picture.

At the bottom, Watling has written instructions for how the drawing should be reproduced, noting that when engraved, the light areas should be taken down to a sombrous tint.

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The Art of the First Fleet book

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