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Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 21.1 x 16.6 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 35


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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "44", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil "DIRR-A-GOA."
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated, but the style is characteristic of Thomas Watling's, and the drawing has been attributed to him in Wheeler and Smith (1988).
  • A contemporary account of the removal of the little finger of Aboriginal girls is given by Watkin Tench in his Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, originally published in 1793. (ref. Flannery, Tim Ed). 1788: Watkin Tench. The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1996, p.248-9.)
  • 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 12035
  • 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 3, p. 22.)