Photograph (black and white); of an illustration depicting two Indigenous Australian men wrestling out of doors, with a crowd of Indigenous Australian people watching; Australia.
Gelatin silver print
- Photographed in: Australia
- Width: 9.9 centimetres
- Height: 7.4 centimetres
Inscription Positionback of image
Inscription ContentANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY
THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Inscription Commentblack ink, stamp
William Blandowski, with his assistant Gerard Krefft, conducted several expeditions in Southern Australia during the late 1850s. After returning to Silesia (Gleiwitz), he attempted to pursue his idea of producing an encyclopaedia of Australian natural history and aboriginal anthropology. He could not, however, get the required funding - so he approached the graphic artist Gustav Mützel to produce composite art works from his (Blandowski's ) art and photographs, and Krefft's field illustrations and notebooks. Blandowski couldn’t afford colour printing so he photographed these prepared plates and tipped (pasted) them into the Australian volume. Some drawings are from his own Australia terra Cognita series.*
(per email from Professor Harry Allen, University of Auckland. 10/09/08; see Picdoc 218)
*Most of the 'Australia Terra Cognita' (1855) series of engravings are gathered in an unpublished book by Blandowski, held by the National Library of Australia, which were made into engravings by J Redaway and Sons (1855-60).
Related images: Some of Mützel’s plates and Krefft's originals are in the historical collections of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.
- Associated with: Australia
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EPF98689
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