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Portrait of "Gur-roo-ee"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 19.8 x 16.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 37

 

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Head-and-shoulders portrait of a man named as "Gur-roo-ee". He is depicted with his head turned slightly to the left and his mouth open to show a missing front tooth, the sign of an initiated man (see R.J. Lampert in Wheeler and Smith (eds), 1988, p.25). His right hand is resting on a pole held in front of his body. He has short, neat hair and a light beard, and his chest and upper arms are marked with cicatrices. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and inscribed in brown ink.

 

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