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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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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "51", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at the bottom "A Native Woman and Her Child".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The same subject is depicted in Watling drawing number 65.
  • A contemporary account of the manner of carrying children represented in this drawing 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.258.)
  • 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 12042
  • 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 22, p. 35.)