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Woureddy (d.1842)

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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The painting was acquired by A. W. Franks at the sale of items from the collection of Dr Joseph Barnard Davis (1801–1881) in 1883. Davis, a craniologist, put together a museum which included comparative material from various races. The artist, Benjamin Duterreau, was of French descent, and emigrated to Australia from England, arriving in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1832. At a time when the original inhabitants were suffering persecution, the Government’s policy was to relocate the Aboriginal population out onto island reservations of which Bruny Island was one.

British Museum





oil on canvas

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gift from A. W. Franks, 1883

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British Museum

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