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  • Title
    The / Aborigines / of / Tasmania / A Series of Original Etchings and Sketches / of the Natives brought in by the Conciliatory / Mission under G. A. Robinson. / Hobart Town / 1834-35
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXA 2004
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1834-1835
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    442814
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 album (8 etchings and 33 pencil sketches) - 37.7 x 29 cm
  • Scope and Content
    Title page [printed]
    i. [notes regarding the contents in pencil on two sheets]
    ii. The small outline / of a / National Picture / described. / Mr Robinson in the middle of the group treating with the wild natives, / in his bush dress / On his left side is a man who hears Mr Robinson with great attention; / he is held by the hand ... [typescript explanatory notes of No.1]
    1. [The small outline of a] National Picture [The Conciliation], 1835 / Bm. Duterrau
    2. Mr. G.A. Robinson (in his bush dress) / who was appointed by His Majesty's colonial government missionary to the / aboriginal tribes of V.D. Land for removing them which he effected without / force or bloodshed / Bm. Duterrau
    3. Tanleboueyer / A native of the district of Oyster bay & the Wife to Manalargerna / was attach'd to the mission in 1830 / Bm. Duterrau
    4. Truggernana / A native of the southern part of V.D. land & Wife to Woureddy / was attach'd to the mission in 1829 / Bm. Duterrau
    5. Manalarganer [or Nanalargerna] / A celebrated chieftain of the east coast of V.D. Land one of Wm. Robinson's / faithful attendants attach'd to the mission in 1831 / Bm. Duterrau
    6. Woureddy / A wild native of Brune Island one of Wm. Robinson's most faithful / attendants attach'd to the mission in 1829 / Bm. Duterrau
    7. A Kangaroo caught by a Wild Native Dog, / The Native then seizes the Kangaroo & kills it with his Waddy / March 23, 1836 / B. Duterrau
    8. Aborigines making & straightening Spears, 1835 / Bm. Duterrau
    9. From the National Picture / Whole length with Natives / in bl... drawings / No.13 / to - / 24 / 12 figures / [pound symbol] 18..0..0 / All taken from life in the year 1834 / B.D. [handwritten note in ink. An additional notation at centre right, "Measure / 11 by 9" is in pencil]
    10a. [The Conciliation, unfinished pencil sketch] 11 inches / 8 inches
    10b. [Figures, unfinished pencil sketch]
    11. Wild Native singing while engaged / in frolicsome Dancing [on reverse] / No.1
    12. Gesture & attitude of a wild / Native in frolicsome dancing / No.2
    13. Wild Native singing while engag'd / in frolicsome dancing / No.3 [additional note at upper right on front in pencil] "This arm a little too short"
    14. Wild Native preparing / to jump which / he performs by striking / the ground with his hands / No.4
    15. Gesture & attitude of a / wild Native in frolicsome / dancing - / No.5 [with pencil note at lower right on front] "This leg too long"
    16. Gesture & attitude of a wild / Native in frolicsome dancing [in ink] / which serves to prove their life / & agility [in pencil] / No.6
    17. Wild Native seeing if / his spear is quite / straight / No.6
    18. Wild Native with a / Waddy - / looking at his companions dancing / & helping in the singing / No.9
    19. Wild Native watching the spear / thrown by one of his tribe / No.10
    20. Wild Native with a Waddy / No.11
    21. Wild Native in the attitude / for throwing the spear / No.12
    22. Manalarganer 5 feet 8 in. / No.13
    23. Tanleboueyer / No.14
    24. Woureddy 5 feet 4 in. / No.15
    25. Aborigines making & straightening spears / Design'd, etch'd & publish'd by Bm. Duterrau 1835 Hobart Town Van Diemen's Land [in pencil beneath image] / No.18 No.19 [in ink on front beneath image] / "Straightening a spear / Preparing a spear with a / peice [i.e. piece] of flint"
    26. Jack, A wild native handed by one / of the tribe to hear Mr G. A. Robinson's / proposition - [in pencil on reverse] / No.20 [in ink on front]
    27. [Tanleboueyer?] Rather backward in believing all she hears from Mr Robinson / No.21
    28. Timmy, a wild native address'd in a / friendly manner by Mr. G. A. Robinson / No.22
    29. Looking at her husband who chides / her for attending to what she hears from Mr. Robinson / No.23
    30. Aborigine taking a kangaroo, his Dog having caught it, he runs to kill it with his Waddy / Design'd etch'd & publish'd by B. Duterrau 1836 Hobart Town Van Diemen's Land [in pencil beneath image]. [On reverse in pencil,] "No.24 & 25 are at the back of the / drawing of the Group / exactly on the figures that / have been drawn / No.26"
    31. Manalargener / a Chief [in pencil at lower edge below image] / B.D. 1824 [in ink below image]. Manalargener Height 5 feet 8 inches / Celebrated Chieftain of the east- / coast of Van Diemen's Land, one of / Mr Robinson's faithful attendants / attach'd to the mission in 1831 - / No.13 [in ink on reverse]
    32. Tanleboueyer / B.D. 1834 / [below image]. / Tanleboueyer Wife of Manalargener / the Chief / A native of the district of Oyster Bay / & wife to Manalargener was attach'd / to the mission in 1830 / No.14 [in ink on reverse]
    33. Woureddy / B.D. 1834 [on front]. / Woureddy / Height / 5 feet 4 inches / A wild native of Brune Island one of, Mr Robinson's most faithful attendants / attach'd to the mission in 1839 - / No.15 [in ink on reverse]
    34. Little Trugernerner / B.D. 1834 [on front]. / Trugernener Wife of Woureddy / A native of the southern part of Van / Diemen's Land / & Wife of Woureddy, / was attach'd to the mission in 1829 / No.16 [in ink on reverse]
    35. [Aboriginal female] / B.D. 1834 [in ink at right of image] / The woman who is endeavouring to draw the attention / of her husband to Mr. G.A. Robinson, benevolent promises / No.17 [in ink on reverse].
    36. Preparing a spear with a piece / of sharp flint / No.18 [in ink on reverse] / B.D. 1834 [initialled at lower right of image]
    37. Straightening a Spear / No.19 [in ink on reverse] / B.D. 1834 [initialled and dated beneath image]
    38. Jack, A wild native handed by one of the tribe to hear Mr. G. A. Robinson's / proposition - / No.20 [in ink on reverse] / B.D. 1834 [initialled and dated on front]
    39. Rather backward in believing / all she hears from / Mr. G. A. Robinson / No.21 [in ink on reverse] / B.D. 1834 [initialled and dated below image]
    40. Timmy [in pencil beneath image] / B.D. 1834 [in ink at lower right] / Timmy, A wild native, address'd in a / friendly manner by Mr. G. A. Robinson / No.22 [in ink on reverse]
    41. Looking at her husband who / chides her for attending to what / she hears from Mr. Robinson / No.23 [in ink on reverse] / B.D. 1834 [initialled and dated at lower right of image]
    42. The wild Native who checks his wife for being too credulous / No.24 [in ink on reverse] / B.D. 1834 [in ink at lower right of image]
  • Source
    Purchased from Maggs Bros., August 1934
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    No.1 "Turn over" appears in ink at lower right-hand edge. Other copies of this etching, are located at SAFE/PXA 615 and PXA 3168. A version that lacks the descriptive note but is hand-coloured with watercolour, is located at SSV/70. These etching are similar to, but differs from a bas-relief made from plaster of Paris (held in the Mitchell Library collection, see R 43); and an oil painting by B. Duterrau titled, "The Conciliation", (held in The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart refer to the reproduction in B. Smith, "Australian painting, 1788-1970, Melbourne: O.U.P. 1971, p.50 ML ref. 759.29/12B1).
    Nos. 2, 25-29, and 35-42 appear to be individual studies for No.1, "The small outline of a National Picture", though the figures are reversed.
    Nos. 2-8 have a price printed beneath image at lower right.
    No.10a The position of the figures in this pencil sketch is similar to an oil painting by B. Duterrau titled, "The Conciliation" held in The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
    No.11 "Arms too short" handrwitten along left edge.
    Nos. 22-24 and 31-33 are most likely preliminary studies for the etchings that bear the same titles. Some of the details, such as shading of the background, differ between sketches.
    No.22 is similar to a pencil sketch in the same volume, No.31, that is signed and dated "B.D. 1834"
    No.23 is similar to No.32.
    No.24 is similar to No.33.
    No.26 is similar to No.38.
    No.27 is similar to No.39.
    No.28 is similar to No.40.
    No.29 is similar to No.41.
    Nos 36-37 are similar to the portraits that appear in the etching No.8 and the pencil drawing No.25 "Aborigines making & straightening spears ..."
    Some pages are watermarked, "J. Whatman / 1834"
    Other copies of Nos. 2, 5, 7, 23, 30, and 34 are located in the collections of PXA 613, SAFE/PXA 615, PXA 3168 Mitchell Library.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823241
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Title taken from printed title page.
    The prints bear printed titles beneath image.
    Most of the drawings have handwritten titles on the reverse.
    Most are dated 1834, 1835, or 1836.
    No.1 "Design'd etch'd & publish'd by Bm. Duterrau July 15th 1835 Hobart Town Van Diemen's Land"
    Nos. 2-6, 8 "Design'd etch'd & publish'd by Bm. Duterrau Augt. 24 1835 Hobart Town Van Diemen's Land"
    The sketches have handwritten titled on the reverse in pencil or ink.
    Many of the pencil sketches have a handwritten number in black at the lower edge below image.
    Embossed in gold on spine, "Aborigines / of / Tasmania / Duterrau / Etchings and Drawings / Hobart Town / 1834-5"
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