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"A Native Woman and her Child"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 18 x 16.6 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 42


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Half-length portrait of an Aboriginal woman and child against a plain background, framed in tondo with a black ink border measuring 12.1 cm. in diameter. The woman is depicted in frontal view, wearing a length of fishing line wound around her neck with a fish-hook pendant. The child grips the woman's hair and straddles her left shoulder, with its right foot hooked around her neck. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.


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