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"Colebee, when a Moobee, after Balloderrees Burial"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [ca.1791]
Dimensions: 13 x 12.4 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 67


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top with the number "76", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at bottom "Colebee, when a Moobee, after Balloderrees Burial". A Moobee was one of the chief mourners at an Aboriginal funeral (see R.J. Lampert in Wheeler and Smith (eds.), 1988 p.39). Balloderree (also known as Balloderry or Ballooderry) was buried on 17th December 1791 (ref Smith, K.V. Bennelong: the coming in of the Eora , Kangaroo Press Sydney, 2001, p.124). This drawing appears to have been paired with Watling drawing number 66, a portrait of Colbee's wife Dorringa.
  • 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 12067
  • 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 13, p. 30.)