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"View of the largest of the Maria's Islands"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 18.9 x 31 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 12


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Drawing of coastal features on the south-east coast of Tasmania, including Maria's Island to the right and Cape Pillar to the left, with open sea at the extreme left. The drawing is composed of horizontal bands of sea, land and sky, with the sea occupying approximately the lower quarter, the land the next quarter, and the sky the top half. The near hills on the right are coloured green with individual trees visible on their slopes and three small conical islands in front of them. The more distant hills are coloured in shades of blue-grey overlaid with darker stippled marks. The final headland to the left has two conical-shaped islands in front of it and a similarly shaped projection towards its end, and is inscribed "SSE" in black ink above it. The sea is represented by a gradated wash of blue through pale yellow and pink overlaid with short grey horizontal brush marks in the foreground. The sky is largely unpainted, with a pink wash behind the hills to the right and blue washes towards the upper left. The drawing is framed by a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and inset with a plain panel at the bottom in which the title is inscribed in black ink.


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