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"A Native wounded while asleep"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 20.8 x 18.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 52


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A wounded aboriginal man in a landscape. The drawing is framed in tondo with a black ink border, measuring 17.3 cm. in diameter. The man is depicted sitting by water in the pose of the classical Greek sculpture of the Dying Gaul, with his upper body propped up by his right arm and his left arm pressing on his right knee. His chest is pierced by a spear, and blood drips from the two wounds, creating pools on the ground. The shaft of the spear has broken off and lies on the ground behind him. His skin is painted dark brown, with darker shading describing the muscles of his arms, legs and abdomen. The water in front of him is represented by a blue wash overlaid with grey horizontal brush marks. The ground on which he sits and the foliage of the trees in the background at left are represented by a green wash overlaid with horizontal brush marks in darker shades of green. The sky is composed of unpainted areas and blue wash, with some pink patches. The drawing is annotated in brown ink and framed by a pencil border.


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