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"A paddle made from bark, a Native his hair matted with gum, A Basket made of the knot of a tree"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 32.8 x 19.9 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 64


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "73", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at top "A paddle made of Bark", at centre "A Native his hair matted with gum, call'd in the native Language Goonat" and at bottom "A Basket made of the Knot of a Tree called Goo-lime".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • 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 12064
  • 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 50, p. 57.)