C1807

Nouvelle-Hollande. Gnoung-A-Gnoung-A, Mour-Re-Mour-Ga. (des Collins)

Rare engraving portrait by Nicholas-Martin Petit’s commanding depiction of Gnoung-A Gnoung-A is a fitting depiction of the man. Gnoung-A Gnoung-A, like Bennelong, was one of the notable Port Jackson Aborigines who embraced the European settlers. In 1792 he sailed on … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nouvelle-Hollande. Gnoung-A-Gnoung-A, Mour-Re-Mour-Ga. (des Collins)

Date:

C1807

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Stipple engraving

Image Size: 

115mm 
x 150mm

Paper Size: 

243mm 
x 339mm

Platemark Size: 

225mm 
x 310mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nouvelle-Hollande. Gnoung-A-Gnoung-A, Mour-Re-Mour-Ga. (des Collins) - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

Rare engraving portrait by Nicholas-Martin Petit’s commanding depiction of Gnoung-A Gnoung-A is a fitting depiction of the man. Gnoung-A Gnoung-A, like Bennelong, was one of the notable Port Jackson Aborigines who embraced the European settlers. In 1792 he sailed on the Daedelus across the Pacific and became the first Aboriginal Australian to travel to North America and one of the most widely travelled of his compatriots. Gnoung-A Gnoung-A was known to the Sydney settlers as ‘Collins’, name acknowledged in the plate title.

Gna.na.gna.na, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, or Anganángan was called ‘Collins’ by the English colonists, after he exchanged names with Judge Advocate David Collins. He married Bennelong’s pretty sister, Warreeweer. While Bennelong was in England during 1793-94, Gnung-a Gnung-a sailed across the Pacific on the store ship HMS Daedalus to Norfolk Island, Nootka Sound (Vancouver) and Hawaii, where King Kamehameha unsuccessfully offered to buy him. In December 1795 Gnung-a Gnung-a was crippled by a spear in the back, thrown by Pemulwuy. He survived, but was found dead behind the Dry Store (the present Sirius Park, near Bridge Street) in January 1809.
Francois Peron’s ‘Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d’Australes’.

 

References:
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: 84/ #63.
State Library NSW, Eora: Mapping Aboriginal Sydney 1770-1850. Sydney 2006:.


Collections:
National Gallery Australia: NGA 2019.596
National Library Australia: Bib ID 470121

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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