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"Da-ring-ha, Colebee's Wife"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 20.5 x 16 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 31


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  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "40", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at lower centre "DA-RING-HA, Cole-bee's Wife."
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at bottom, possibly in Watling's hand, "In Engraving, the lights must be broke down to a sombrous tint."
  • The drawing is signed in brown ink "Thos. Watling, delt.", but is undated.
  • Da-ring-ha (also known as Dorringa or Daringa) is also represented in Watling Drawing no. 66.
  • 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 12031
  • 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 17, p. 32.)