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"Canoes of various Islands visited and discovered by the Waaksamheydt"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1791?]
Dimensions: 32.4 x 49.7 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 29


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at the top with the title "CANOES of various ISLANDS visited and Discovered by the WAAKSAMHEYDT". Each of the five drawings is individually titled underneath; at upper left, "of Earl Howes Group - 32 Islands", at upper right "of the Admiralty's Islands", at centre "of the Duke of York's Island St Georges Channel", at lower left "PLAN of the canoe of Duke of York's Island" and at lower right "PLAN of the Canoe of the Admiralty Islands".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "29", at top right "28", and on the reverse "49".
  • Raper left Port Jackson for England in March 1791 on the Waaksamheyd, captained by John Hunter. Hunter gave an account of this voyage in An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (London, 1793), including their arrivals at the islands mentioned in the title in May-June 1791. Hunter discusses the construction of the canoes and the manner in which the people dressed their hair Journal is illustrated with engravings of canoes similar to those depicted in this drawing.
  • 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 15129
  • Miss Eva Godman donated 1962
  • Data sheet available.
  • Hindwood, K.A. 'George Raper: an Artist of the First Fleet', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 50, Pt. 1, 1964 pp.32-57.