Titled below drawings and inscription in ink in Wallis' hand.
Portrait drawings of the Awabakal brothers. At top is pencil portrait titled 'Burigon or Jack' showing right profile. At bottom is watercolour portrait titled 'Dick', showing head and upper torso.
Portraits flanked by two botanical drawings titled `Tetrabatica’ and `Zeianthimum’. Watercolour and collage
Inscribed below drawings in ink in Wallis’ hand 'Nature in a sportive humour or a contrast between Animal and vegetable Life in New South Wales. The former hideous disgusting and barbarous, the latter graceful modest and gratifying to the senses, the Aborigines of New South Wales are the most perfect savages in existence. The world of flowers exceed beauty and variety those of any other parts of the world, from the gigantic lily, towering twelve feet from its root, to the modest violet’.
Relates to the manuscript folio describing Dick and Burigon at PXD 1008 / vol 1.
Album details: Album of original drawings by Captain James Wallis and Joseph Lycett, ca. 1817-1818, bound with 'An Historical account of the Colony of New South Wales ...', published London, Rudolph Ackermann, 1821
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