C1807

Norou-Gai-Derri s'avancant pour combattre.

An important full-length portrait of a named Port Jackson warrior, Norou-gal-derri, “advancing to do battle”. Not simply a portrait but an ethnographic document of some importance, Petit has shown the adornments and weapons of a warrior in careful detail. The … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Norou-Gai-Derri s’avancant pour combattre.

Date:

C1807

Condition:

Small tear on top right hand side, otherwise in good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured stipple engraving

Image Size: 

222mm 
x 320mm

Paper Size: 

245mm 
x 340mm
AUTHENTICITY
Norou-Gai-Derri s'avancant pour combattre. - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

An important full-length portrait of a named Port Jackson warrior, Norou-gal-derri, “advancing to do battle”.

Not simply a portrait but an ethnographic document of some importance, Petit has shown the adornments and weapons of a warrior in careful detail. The face and body paint is shown painstakingly, with Norou-gal-derri’s posture adapted to show both adornment and clothing to advantage. Furthermore his weaponry is shown as carried and handled by the Port Jackson warriors: he carries his “sagaïes de trait” (the long barbed spear or lance); and his “casse-tête”(literally ‘head-breaker’, a waddy) is tucked into the small of his back and held by his cord waist-band; his long narrow bark shield is shown with its internal decorated cross. Wantrup: Cat 84/ #62

Francois Peron’s ‘Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d’Australes’.

Collections:
British Museum: 2016,2024.4 |
National Gallery Australia: Accession no NGA 2013.4131.20
National Gallery Victoria: Accession Number 2010.96.26
National Museum Australia: 1995.0006.0034
State Library NSW: a2478029 /MRB F81/11

Nicholas-Martin Petit (1777 - 1804)

French artist on the famous Baudin voyage of exploration and discovery. He had signed on to the voyage as a gunner's mate but was appointed as an artist, after the three appointed artists left the expedition at Mauritius.Petit had studied in David' studio at the Louvre and was to concentrate, 'all that which may be of interest for the history of man'. The results of his observations and drawings are series of 'impressive portraits of Tasmanian Aborigines' in the official published accounts of the voyage. This voyage charted the Australian coast and visited Sydney in 1803.

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