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  • Title
    [Pinnace and boat firing on native canoes / attributed to Oswald W.B. Brierly]
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  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1849
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 pencil drawing - 23.8 x 35 cm.

    During a surveying expedition of the H.M.S. Rattlesnake on 4th July 1849, the men of Joannet Island attacked the ship's pinnace and galley and wounded two sailors. After a brief skirmish, the Islanders retired in disarray, their spears and stone axes being no match for the muskets and a brass howitzer of the Rattlesnake crew. -- Reference: Curator of Manuscripts, June 2004.
  • General note

    Brierly can be seen standing by the main mast holding a pencil in his right hand and clutching a sketchbook under his left arm.
    There are two columns of numbers at the centre of the drawing.
    The sketch has pinpricks along the bow of the boat and throughout the drawing.
    Dated from the entry in Brierly's journal for 9 October 1849 (A 508) - 'worked up a sketch of our affair with the natives of Joannet Island in the Louisiade.'
    This drawing was previously ascribed to Thomas Henry Huxley but there is no evidence that he is the author of this work.
    A similar sketch, though of a different scale, is on reverse of "Ye natives finding ye Grapes are soure" (SV*/NG-E/4).
    Digital order no:a128902
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  • Exhibited in

    Upon a painted ocean. Sir Oswald Brierly - State Library of New South Wales (18 October, 2004 - 6 February, 2005)
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