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"A Native striking a Fish"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 72


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View with an Aboriginal man fishing from the shore, framed in tondo with a black ink border measuring 9.4 cm. in diameter. The figure is seen in profile facing to the left, holding a four-pronged fishing spear in his right hand and three fish in his left, and standing on a line of rocks projecting into the water from the right. The water is represented by a gradated blue wash overlaid with short grey horizontal brush marks. There are wooded headlands to left and right, with the trees represented by a green wash overlaid with fine horizontal lines. There is a band of pink near the horizon, and areas of blue wash around unpainted areas in the sky. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.


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