Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright
Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright

13. Jemmy Button

1823-1863

Unknown Artist

From the collection

Title

13. Jemmy Button

Date

1823-1863

Description

Album details: [Album of] Pencil sketches, watercolours, etc. by C. Martens, O.W. Brierly, S.T. Gill, John Rae, C. Rodius and others, ca. 1823-1863
More details about the album and its contents can be found on the collection website.

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Location

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Approximate

Category

Tww Comment

The State Library of New South Wales provides the following information about the sitter: 'Jemmy Button, captured as a boy in Tierre del Fuego and taken to London by Robert FitzRoy of the ship Beagle, was so named due to the payment of a pearl button in recompense for his life. In 1833 he was returned to his home in South America as a bearer of 'enlightened society' and to spread the Christian word.'

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Image Credit

Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

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