Australian Aborigines

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    1784
    WEBBER
    Title:
    A Man of Van Diemen's Land.
    Date:
    C1784
    Artist:
    John Webber (1752-1793)
    Image Size:
    285mm x 220mm
    Condition:
    In good condition with minor tears to sheet edge.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    CK03E 1096 ABO (C004)
    Description:

    Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality. 

    John Webber's first encounter with the people of the Pacific came in January 1777 when Cook arrived at Adventure Bay, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). He was astonished at their unashamed nakedness.

    In his first painted version of this portrait Webber included the man's full torso, covered with ceremonial scars. Cook described the appearance of the Tasmanian's as 'far from disagreeable'. 'The keloid scars so typical of the Australian aboriginal adult male; they came from cuts incised with a flint of other sharp stone knife, which were often rubbed with ashes of clay to enlarge the effect. They denoted inititation into manhood, but other functions were totemistic and aesthetic.' Cook, Journals III, I, 52.

    Beddie 1743-6, p.339, Joppien 3.10A, ill.p.272

    From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere....

     

     

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    1785
    WEBBER
    Title:
    A Man of Van-Dieman's Land in New Holland.
    Date:
    C1785
    Artist:
    John Webber after
    Image Size:
    290mm x 172mm
    Condition:
    Slight overall soiling, otherwise in good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    ABO 1785 HOGG (DRW01)
    Description:

    Based on Webber;s engraving issued in Cooks account of his Thrid Voyage.

    Hogg

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    1789
    CLEVELEY
    Title:
    A Canoe and Natives of Mulgrave's Range.
    Date:
    C1789
    Artist:
    Robert Cleveley (1747-1809)
    Image Size:
    160mm x 225mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    VTBB ABO 002 BW (C004)
    Description:

    Rare engraving compiled from information supplied by the first Governor of Australia, Arthur Phillip. This was the first account of the convict settlement soon after the landing of the First Fleet at Botany Bay.

    The Mile Atoll shares maritime boundaries with the Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the southeast and Nauru to the south.

    The following alternative names have been used for Mile Atoll on European charts, logbooks and the accounts of visitors:  

    Gilbert- and Marshall Island (Gilbert 1788) 
    Lord Mulgrave Mille  Mulgrave (Gilbert 1788)
    Port Rhin (anchorage)

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    1789
    CLEVELEY
    Title:
    A View in New South Wales.
    Date:
    C1789
    Artist:
    Robert Cleveley (1747-1809)
    Engraver:
    T. Medland
    Image Size:
    200mm x 258mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    VTBB 119 NS (B005)
    Description:

    A romanticised view of the Australian landscape from a sketch made at the infant penal colony that was sent back to England for engraving. Early artists attempting to capture the Australian landscape created works that reflected the darker light of Europe and it was not until the landscapes by John Glover in the 1830's that artists and engravers in Australia would create works that were truly Australian.

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    1790
    HUNTER
    Title:
    Implements of New South Wales
    Date:
    C1790
    Artist:
    Unknown
    Image Size:
    230mm x 175mm
    Condition:
    Minor spotting otherwise in good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    JOAV 063 ABOR (C004)
    Description:

    Rare early engraved image of native implements.

    A. is a War Spear, formed of a light reed-like substance produced by the yellow gum tree, vide p. 235, which if the ends marked with the letters were joined together would shew its full length: the long pointed head is of hard wood, of a reddish colour, and is fastened into the shaft in the firmest manner by a cement of the yellow gum only. 

    B. is a Stick, at one end of which is a small peg fastened with the same cement, and forming a hook: the other end is ornamented with the shell of the limpet or patella, stuck on with the gum and, thus constructed, it is used to throw the spear — in this manner: The shell end of the stick being held in the right hand, and the spear poised in the left, the end of the hook at B. is inserted into a hollow at the foot of the spear at D. and thus thrown with a force similar to that of a stone from a sling: this is shewn more particularly in a reduced figure at the upper part of the Plate, a. b.CC. is a Spear or Gig, of a substance similar to the former, for striking fish in the water: the true length of which will be known by supposing the parts joined together at the lettered ends: the shaft consists of two pieces, a large and a small one, joined by the gum: and the head is composed of four sticks inserted into the shaft with gum, and tied together above with slips of bark, which are afterwards tightened by little wedges, driven within the bandage: each of these sticks is terminated by the tooth of a fish, very sharp, and stuck on by a lump of the gum cement: the shaft of this instrument is punctured in many places with very small holes, to the pith in the centre, but for what purpose is not known. 


    H. is a Hatchet, of which the head is a very hard black pebble stone, rubbed down at one end to an edge the handle is a stick of elastic wood, split, which being bent round the middle of the stone, and the extremities brought together, is strongly bound with slips of bark, and holds the head very firmly, as smiths’ chissels are held by hazel sticks in Europe. 


    S. is a kind of blunt Sword, of hard wood, like the head of the spear A. F. seems to be an instrument of offence it is a stick of the natural growth, with the bark on the root of which is cut round into a large knob the end F. is made rough with notches, that it may be held more firmly in the hand. 


    R. is a Basket, formed by a single piece of a brown fibrous bark. This separated whole from the tree is gathered up at each end in folds, and bound in that form by withes, which also make the handle. The Basket is patched in several places with yellow gum, from which it appears to have been sometimes used for carrying water. These implements are drawn from exact measurements, and fitted to a scale of three feet, inserted at the foot of the Plate.

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    1792
    BLAKE
    Title:
    A Family of New South Wales.
    Date:
    C1792
    Artist:
    William Blake (1757-1827)
    Image Size:
    250mm x 210mm
    Condition:
    In good condition In good condition
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    AHJO 414 ABO (C004)
    Description:

    Important image by William Blake, poet and engraver. As Bernard Smith states in his European Vision of the Pacific, "there is no finer pictorial expression of the idea of the noble savage in visual art than Blake's engraving".

    From An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island.

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    1798
    NEAGLE
    Title:
    Ben-nil-long.
    Date:
    C1798
    Artist:
    James Neagle (1760?–1822-1822)
    Image Size:
    80mm x 135mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    N/A
    Stock Number:
    TECI ABO 455 CL (C004)
    Description:

    Early engraved portrait of Woollarawarre Bennelong (c.1764?) a senior man of the Eora people of the Port Jackson area who belonged to the Wangal clan of the south side of Parramatta River.
    Bennelong was brought to the settlement at Sydney Cove in November 1789 by order of Governor Phillip. He had  escaped after three months but later returned, keeping in contact with Phillip. In 1790, Bennelong asked Phillip to build him a hut on what became known as Bennelong Point, now the site of the Sydney Opera House.

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    1800
    PIRON
    Title:
    1. Catimarron du Cap de Diemen. 2. Pirogue de L'Ile de Ste. Croix
    Date:
    C1800
    Artist:
    Jean Hubert Piron (1767-1796)
    Image Size:
    185mm x 242mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    ABO 1800 PIRO (DRW01)
    Description:

    From, Jacques Julien Houton de Labillardiere (1755-1834), Relation du voyage a la recherche de La Perouse, A rare account of a voyage with tremendous significance to the exploration of Australia and the Pacific.&quot References Wantrup 64a-b. Hill 467 Sabin 22671

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    1800
    PIRON
    Title:
    Homme du Cap de Diemen. Finau, Chef des Guerriers de Tongatabou.
    Date:
    C1800
    Artist:
    Jean Hubert Piron (1767-1796)
    Image Size:
    300mm x 440mm
    Condition:
    Small repaired hole in left hand side margin, not affecting image, otherwise in good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    APSAL 008 ABO BW (C004)
    Description:

    Two images on the one sheet, the one on the left of a Tasmanian aboriginal man and the other of a Tongan native. Historically important engraving of the Tasmanian aborigines depicted as noble savages. This concept was proposed by the Enlightenment philosopher Rousseau in his, Discourse on Inequality (1754) From, Jacques Julien Houton de Labillardiere (1755-1834), "Relation du voyage a la recherche de La Perouse"

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    1803
    WOODTHORPE
    Title:
    A Male & Female Native.
    Date:
    C1803
    Artist:
    V. Woodthorpe (1794-1802)
    Image Size:
    150mm x 90mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Original copper engraving
    Stock Number:
    BTHONSW ABO 001 (C004)
    Description:
    From a History of NSW, written by George Barrington the notorious Irish pickpocket. After obtaining introductions in society he robbed many wealthy patrons. He was sentenced in 1790 to seven years transportation. For his aid in suppressing a mutiny aboard the transport ship, he was released in 1792.
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    1803
    WOODTHORPE
    Title:
    A Native Family.
    Date:
    C1803
    Artist:
    Vincent Woodthorpe (1764?-1822)
    Image Size:
    170mm x 95mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    BTHONSW ABO 000 (C004)
    Description:
    From Barrington  A History of New South Wales.
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    1803
    WOODTHORPE
    Title:
    Burning the Dead.
    Date:
    C1803
    Artist:
    Vincent Woodthorpe (1764?-1822)
    Image Size:
    95mm x 150mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    BTHONSW ABO 004 (C004)
    Description:

    Engraving depicting a cremation.

    From History of New South Wales written by George Barrington, the notorious Irish pickpocket. After obtaining introductions in society he robbed many wealthy patrons. He was sentenced to seven years in 1790 and transported to NSW. For his aid in suppressing a mutiny aboard the transport ship, he was released in 1792.

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    1803
    WOODTHORPE
    Title:
    Courtship
    Date:
    C1803
    Artist:
    Vincent Woodthorpe (1764?-1822)
    Image Size:
    90mm x 180mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    BTHONSW ABO 002 (C004)
    Description:

    From History of New South Wales written by George Barrington, the notorious Irish pickpocket. After obtaining introductions in society he robbed many wealthy patrons. He was sentenced to seven years in 1790 and transported to NSW. For his aid in suppressing a mutiny aboard the transport ship, he was released in 1792.

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    1803
    WOODTHORPE
    Title:
    Manhood.
    Date:
    C1803
    Artist:
    Vincent Woodthorpe (1764?-1794)
    Image Size:
    90mm x 150mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    BTHONSW ABO 003 (C004)
    Description:
    As part of Aboriginal boys' induction into manhood the front tooth was knocked out, indicating to others that they had been initiated.

    From History of New South Wales written by George Barrington, the notorious Irish pickpocket. After obtaining introductions in society he robbed many wealthy patrons. He was sentenced to seven years in 1790 and transported to NSW. For his aid in suppressing a mutiny aboard the transport ship, he was released in 1792.

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    1807
    LESUEUR
    Title:
    Terre De Diemen. Navigation. Vue de la Cote Orientale de l'Ile Schouten. N.B. Le bout de terrein sur lequel repose la grande pirogue n'existe pas dans la nature; la mer sur ce point est parfaitement libre.
    Date:
    C1807
    Artist:
    Charles Alexander Lesueur (1778-1846)
    Engraver:
    Claude-Francois Fortier (1775-1835)
    Image Size:
    320mm x 245mm
    Condition:
    Some minor spotting on right margin, not affecting the image, otherwise in good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 010 ABO (C004)
    Description:

    Schouten Island is off the eastern coast of Tasmania, south of the Freycinet Peninsula and is a part of Freycinet National Park. The canoes were made from bark and were used by Tasmanian Aborigines to journey to offshore islands, to hunt for seasonally plentiful food such as mutton-birds and seals.

    From Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes

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    1807
    PETIT
    Title:
    Nouvelle-Hollande. Cour-Rou-Bari-Gal.
    Date:
    C1807
    Artist:
    Nicholas-Martin Petit (1777-1804)
    Image Size:
    320mm x 245mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Stipple engraving with original hand colouring.
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 021 ABO (C004)
    Description:

    Portrait of an aboriginal man with his hair wrapped in paperbark strips from the important French voyage of exploration under the command of Nicholas Baudin. 

    He told the French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit who was sketching him that his name was 'Cour-rou-bari-gal'. As Booragy or Burroggy was the Aboriginal name for Bradleys Head, it is likely that he had replied to the artist's question 'What is your name?' with kuri (man) and Boregegal (Bradleys Head Clan). (Eora p.6) (20 June and 17 November 1802.)

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    1807
    PETIT
    Title:
    Terre De Diemen. Arra-Maida.
    Date:
    C1807
    Artist:
    Nicholas Martin Petit (1777-1804)
    Image Size:
    320mm x 245mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Stipple engraving, hand coloured.
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 012 ABO HC (C004)
    Description:
    From Francois Peron's 'Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d'Australes'.
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    1807
    PETIT
    Title:
    Terre De Diemen. Grou-Agara.
    Date:
    C1807
    Artist:
    Nicholas Martin Petit (1777-1804)
    Image Size:
    320mm x 245mm
    Condition:
    In good condition with full uncut margins.
    Technique:
    Stipple engraving.
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 006 ABO (C004)
    Description:
    From Francois Peron's 'Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d'Australes'.
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    1808
    LESUEUR
    Title:
    Nouvelle - Hollande. Vases, Armes, Peche.
    Date:
    C1808 (1824)
    Artist:
    Charles Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846)
    Image Size:
    320mm x 245mm
    Condition:
    In good condition with full uncut margins and original hand colouring.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 030 ABO (C004)
    Description:

    From Francois Peron's Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d'Australes.

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    1808 (1824)
    LESUEUR
    Title:
    Nouvelle-Hollande: Nouvele Galles du Sud. Armes, Ustencils et Ornements.
    Date:
    C1808 (1824)
    Artist:
    Charles Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846)
    Image Size:
    210mm x 265mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 029 ABO ()
    Description:

    From: Lesueur & Petit's Voyage de Decouvertes Aux Terres Australes.

    Reference: F979

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    1808 (1824)
    PETIT
    Title:
    Terre De Diemen. Grou-Agara.
    Date:
    C1808 (1824)
    Artist:
    Nicholas Martin Petit (1777-1804)
    Image Size:
    320mm x 245mm
    Condition:
    In good condition with full uncut margins.
    Technique:
    Stipple engraving, hand coloured.
    Stock Number:
    VDATAQ 006 ABO HC (C004)
    Description:
    Portrait of a man of Van Diemen's Land, from Francois Peron's 'Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d'Australes'.
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    1816
    PETIT
    Title:
    Menschen aus New-Holland von der Malayischen Race Portraits nach Naturgezeichnet.
    Date:
    C1816
    Artist:
    Nicholas Martin Petit (1777-1804)
    Image Size:
    170mm x 220mm
    Condition:
    In good condition, with folds as issued.
    Stock Number:
    NLUV ABO 003 (DRW01)
    Description:
    Collage of aboriginal portraits based on portraits made during the Baudin voyage to Australia. Printed in Prague.


    References:
    Prescott 1814.21, Tooley 862 

    Collections:
    National Library of Australia:  Bib ID822504

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    1825
    PELLION
    Title:
    Nlle Holland: Port Jackson Sauvages Des Environs De La Riviere Nepean. 1.Jedat 2.Tara 3.Nemare
    Date:
    C1825
    Artist:
    J. Alphonse Pellion (1796–1868-1868)
    Image Size:
    240mm x 320mm
    Condition:
    In good condition
    Technique:
    Stipple engraving, printed in colour & hand coloured.
    Stock Number:
    VADM URA 100 ABO (C004)
    Description:
    This engraving depicts three young Aboriginal men from the Nepean district who Pellion met whilst staying at Regentville in late November 1819. The centre figure, Tara, was derived from Pellion's unpublished full-length portrait of Tara. Nlle Holland: Port Jackson the wild vicinity of the Nepean River. 1.Jedat 2.Tara 3.Nemare
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    1828
    PELLION
    Title:
    Nlle. Hollande Port-Jackson Sauvages des Montagnes-bleues.
    Date:
    C1828
    Artist:
    J. Alphonse Pellion (1796–1868-1868)
    Image Size:
    235mm x 315mm
    Condition:
    Some slight damage on the bottom of print and with a crease in centre area, otherwise in good condition.
    Technique:
    Original stipple engraving
    Stock Number:
    VADM URA 099 ABO (DRW01)
    Description:
    Very rare engraving from the original edition of the Louis De Freycinet's voyage on the L'Uranie.
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