- Museum number
- Object: Sarah from Cape Portland V.D.L.
Drawing depicting a side view of Sarah, a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman, also known as Tanganutara, wearing a dress and a red cap; graphite and watercolour. 1845
- Production date
Height: 21.50 centimetres
Width: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- It is one of a series of twenty one portraits of Tasmanian Aboriginal people completed by Prout during a visit to the Wybalenna Aboriginal Station on Flinders Island in February and March 1845.
"Sarah born at Cape Portland - a sealing man of the name James Barret took her from her father and brought her to [blank] Island - Barret left her and she cohabited with a man of the name of [blank] - had another child by a white man on Flinders - is now married to Eugene, and has a son by him. When she was taken away by the sealing men - she ran away from them some time after - Mr Robinson found her and brought her back to Hobart Town.' - From notes given to Prout in 1845 by Robert Clark, Catechist at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (contained in Eth Doc 915).
Notes from Gaye Sculthorpe in November 2012: This woman is in fact my grandmother’s grandmother’s mother. Her Aboriginal name is Tanganutara. She is the mother of the famous Tasmanian Aboriginal woman, Fanny Cochrane Smith, who recorded Aboriginal songs c.1899 and 1903.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Window mounted, in good condition.
- Acquisition notes
- In 1856 the artist John Skinner Prout sold Joseph Barnard Davis a collection of 36 of his portraits of Australian Aborigines and Maori people. After Davis's death in 1881, these portraits, along with other pictorial and ethnographic material, were acquired by the British Museum.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg12-Pro