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"Ban nel lang meeting the Governor by apointment after he was wounded by Willemaring in September 1790"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [ca.1790?]
Dimensions: 26.2 x 40.4 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 40


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "49", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at bottom "Ban nel lang meeting the Governor by appointment after he was wounded by Willemaring in September 1790".
  • The meeting referred to is recorded as happening ten days after the wounding of Governor Arthur Phillip on 7 September 1790, an event which is represented by the Port Jackson Painter in Watling drawings 23 and 24 (see R.J. Lampert in Wheeler and Smith (1988), p.66-8.)
  • Bennelong was captured by the British colonists in December 1789, in the hope that he could be trained to act as an intermediary between the colonists and the indigenous people. He left the colony for England with Governor Phillip in November 1792, returning to Sydney in 1795. (ref. Smith, Keith Vincent. Bennelong: the coming in of the Eora, Sydney Cove, 1788-1792. East Roseville NSW, Kangaroo Press, 2001.)
  • 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 12040
  • 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 66, p. 68.)