C1807

Norou-gal-derri, s'avancant pour combattre

Artist:

Nicholas Martin Petit (1777 - 1804)

Norou-gal-derri, a warrior of the environs of Port Jackson, preparing to fight. 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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Norou-gal-derri, s’avancant pour combattre

Date:

C1807

Artist:

Nicholas Martin Petit (1777 - 1804)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Stipple engraving

Image Size: 

245mm 
x 320mm

Paper Size: 

247mm 
x 340mm
AUTHENTICITY
Norou-gal-derri, s'avancant pour combattre - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

Norou-gal-derri, a warrior of the environs of Port Jackson, preparing to fight.

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 

Biography:

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 as 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.

From Francois Peron’s ‘Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d’Australes’, published in Paris.

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