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"A Moo.bee Ornamented after a Burial with a Club of great / size over the Shoulder"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 17.9 x 15.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 44


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "33", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in pale brown ink at bottom "A Moo..bee Ornamented after a Burial with a Club of great size over the Shoulder". A Moobee was one of the chief mourners at an Aboriginal funeral (see R.J. Lampert in Wheeler and Smith (eds.), 1988 p.39).
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • On the reverse of the drawing there is a pencil sketch of a Leaf-tailed gecko, possibly a preliminary study for Watling Drawing 363.
  • 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 12044
  • 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 10, p. 28.)