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"Gum-plant and Kangooroo of New Holland"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 46.5 x 32.4 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 56

 

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Drawing of a kangaroo in an arid landscape, featuring a grasstree. The kangaroo occupies the centre of the composition and is depicted in left profile. It is coloured grey, overlaid with darker hatched lines. The grass tree has a short dark brown trunk with black scale-like markings, and a tuft of grassy leaves with a tall flower-spike above it. The landscape setting includes a rocky outcrop at lower left, and is composed of a pale yellow wash overlaid with grey and grey-green detail of vegetation and darker shadows. The sky is largely unpainted but with washes of pale blue towards the top. The drawing is framed with a thick black ink line and a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and contains the title, signature and date. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.

 

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