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  • Title
    [Oil painting of a group of Australian Aborigines, possibly in Sydney, ca. 1849]
  • Call number
    ML 1253
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, East Wall, no. 148
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1849
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - image 14.0 x 19.7 cm, in frame 18.0 x 23.7 cm - oil on board
  • Scope and Content
    A framed oil painting of an Aboriginal man standing in front of a group of five seated Aboriginal women wrapped in blankets. It shows the group at camp by a small fire beside a rocky outcrop with a dog, possibly a dingo, lying next to the woman at far right. The woman, third from the right, is painted from the back and is wrapped in a blanket marked 'B O [i.e. Board of Ordnance] / 1849 / 2.[?]' The male figure wears a coat to his knees over a loosely buttoned shirt and probably a straw hat.
  • Source
    Purchased from Hordern House Rare Books, November 2010
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    The artist is possibly Captain Otway whose work is known from the painting 'Native about to throw a spear at kangaroos' in the Rex Nan Kivell Collection (NK863) at the National Library of Australia.

    Hordern House. (accessed 26/10/2010)
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Mr Nanhall, Vanhall, or Nauhall[?] inscribed in pencil on back of painting with framing instructions
  • Date note

    Dated from blanket worn by one of the Aboriginal women
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in
  • Open Rosetta viewer

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