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"A Native carrying a water basket of bark"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 68

 

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Portrait of an Aboriginal man, framed in tondo with a grey ink border measuring 9.1 cm. in diameter. His body is facing forwards and his head turned in profile to the right. Hecarries a water basket on his left shoulder, supported by his left hand. The man has jaw-length black hair decorated with hanging bone and tooth decorations. His skin is brown, with black and red-ochre marks on his upper arms and chest representing cicatrices, and overlaid with white zig-zag decoration up his arms to his shoulders, and down across his chest. The background is plain. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.

 

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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "77", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at bottom "A Native carrying a Water baset of Bark".
  • 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 12068
  • 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 46, p. 54.)