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"The Governor making the best of his way to the Boat after being wounded with the spear sticking in his Shoulder"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [ca. 1790?]
Dimensions: 27.4 x 45.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 23

 

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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "32", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at bottom "The Governor making the best of his way to the Boat after being wounded with the spear sticking in his Shoulder."
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The composition is almost identical to that of Watling drawing number 24, which represents the same incident.
  • An account of the incident depicted is related by Watkin Tench in his Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, originally published in 1793 (see Flannery, Tim (ed.). Watkin Tench: 1788. The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1996, pp.134-141).
  • 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 12023
  • 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 63, p. 66.)