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  • Title
    [Oil painting of a group of Australian Aborigines, ca. 1849] possibly by Thomas Balcombe
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1253
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, East Wall, no. 166
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1849
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on board - image 14.0 x 19.7 cm, in frame 18.0 x 23.7 cm
  • 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.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    The vendor suggested that 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. However stylistically this very competently executed painting is much closer to the work of Thomas Balcombe.

    Hordern House. http://www.hordern.com (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
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