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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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Head-and-shoulders portrait of an Aboriginal woman named as Da-ring-ha, carrying a child in the crook of her left arm. Her body is turned slightly to the left but her eyes look out towards the viewer, as do those of the child which looks out over its left shoulder as she supports it with both hands. The woman has a band around her hair, and an ornament of what appears to be some sort of pliable material tied at her throat. The drawing is framed by a pencil border, annotated in pencil and brown ink, and signed by Watling.


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