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  • Title
    Natives of New South Wales; drawn from life in Botany Bay
  • Call number
    PXB 513
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1805
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 12 watercolour drawings, stitched together in album with marbled paper covers - album 19 x 13.5 cm.
  • Scope and Content
    1. [Aboriginal man with shield, spear thrower and spear, in the action of throwing]
    2. [Aboriginal man with a club]
    3. [Aboriginal man with conical head-dress holding a club]
    4. [Aboriginal man fishing with a five-pronged fishing spear]
    5. [Aboriginal man holding spears with a spear thrower in his belt]
    6. [Aboriginal man with spears and shield]
    7. [Aboriginal man with spears offering a fish]
    8. [Aboriginal man with shield, holding club and with mushroom-headed club in belt]
    9. [Aboriginal woman sitting with child on her back]
    10. [Aboriginal woman sitting opposite child who is offering her something]
    11. [Aboriginal woman carrying a basket, with a child on her shoulders]
    12. [Aboriginal woman in a canoe fishing with a line]
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Joseph Tetley was first lieutenant on HMS Porpoise, the ship that brought William Bligh to Sydney in 1806 to take up the governorship of New South Wales. He probably acquired this set of watercolours in Sydney in 1806. Reference: A Rage for Curiosity / by Richard Neville. Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press, 1997.

    There are two other known sets of drawings, one held in the Dixson Galleries and the other in an English private collection. See:
    Twelve watercolour drawings of Australian Aborigines. Dixson Galleries (DGB 10) Mitchell Library.

    Australian aborigines / drawn from life by Captain Tetley, c. 1805 ; edited by J. Stevens Cox. St. Peter Port : Toucan Press, 1977.

    Further research notes, including a comparison of the three sets of drawings, are available at PXn 266 and PXn 590, Mitchell Library.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823522
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "Natives of / New South Wales; / drawn from life / in / Botany Bay." in ink on label on front cover. Number "63" in ink on label at upper left of cover.

    A bookplate is pasted inside the front cover: "Ex Libris / He Hath No Leisure / Not It That Useth / Gulielmi Gemmell / E.G. / 1897"

    "G.C. Jenner / 1822" inscribed inside front cover, above the bookplate.
    "Lieut. Joseph Swabey / Tetley" in pencil on reverse of f.4

    "Paper covered 8 vo of Twelve Water / Colour Drawings, illustrative of the Natives / of New South Wales; drawn from life, in / Botany Bay, by G.C. Jenner, a nephew / of the illustrious Dr. Edward Jenner. / Bought at the sale of the Jenner relics / WG." -- Note pasted inside back cover.
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