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Marsupials, Native names "Mer-re-a-gan" and "Din-e-gow-a"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 17.3 x 28.6 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 84


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Two mammals, one holding a dead hen, depicted standing on a mound of green, pink and blue wash overlaid with grey lines, against a white and blue wash sky. The animal in the foreground is depicted in profile facing to the right, with its long tail curling round to the right. It is painted dark brown or black overlaid with black hatched lines and white spots, which have a glazed appearance. The animal behind appears to be of the same species but is pale brown with white spots overlaid with black hatched lines. It is shown in profile facing to the left, and holding a dead white hen in its fore-paws. The drawing is framed by a double ink-lined border and annotated in pencil and brown ink.


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