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"A Native climbing a tree near his Bark Hut and Fire"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 31.4 x 21.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 76


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue ink at top right with the number "85", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing has been annotated in brown ink at bottom left, in the central band of the border, "A Native climbing a Tree near his Bark Hut and Fire."
  • The implements are numbered 1-12. The key is inscribed in black ink in a band at the bottom of the sheet, inside the main frame. At left; "1 A Throwing stick 2 A stone Hatchet" and at right "3 A Club made of hard wood 4 Spears of different make 10 to 12 ft. long".
  • 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 12076
  • 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 56, p. 63.)