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"Cameragal the chief of the most powerful Tribe in New South Wales"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 29.5 x 18.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 53


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "62", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at top left "o..".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • A separate label of laid paper measuring 2.5 x 19.4 cm. is attached to the mount below the drawing. It is inscribed in brown ink "o.. This Mans name is Cameragal the chief of the most powerful Tribe that we at present know of in New south Wales. He holds two fighting spears and a fiz gig in one hand and two throwing stiks in the other." It is inscribed in pencil at lower right with the number "62", and on the reverse "F18 Bottom".
  • The style of painting and the use of colour resembles Watling Drawing number 51.
  • 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 12053
  • 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 30, p. 42.)