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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B67.8

  • Description

    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

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 9.9 centimetres
    • Height: 7.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY
        THE BRITISH MUSEUM
      • Inscription Comment

        black ink, stamp
  • Curator's comments

    Producer/Context:
    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    *Most of the 'Australia Terra Cognita' (1855) series of engravings are gathered in an unpublished book by Blandowski, held by the National Library of Australia, which were made into engravings by J Redaway and Sons (1855-60).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.

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  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B67.8

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

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