- Museum number
- Object: King Tippoo from Hobart Town V.D.L.
Drawing; it depicts Calamarowenye - King Tippoo, a Tasmanian Aboriginal man, standing with his left hand on his hip and his right hand is resting on a support. He is wearing a red shirt, white trousers and a blue military style jacket. 1845.
Graphite and watercolour
- Production date
Height: 23 centimetres
Width: 15.80 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.
"Tippoo born at Kangaroo Point - when the White men settled at Hobart he left with his tribe for Lovelybanks - remarried there several years, and when the White Settlers came, the Tribe again fled - Mr Robinson’s party induced him to go to Launceston and from thence to Flinder’s - he has seen a great number of his people killed by the White men at Lovelybanks". - From notes given to Prout in 1845 by Robert Clark, Catechist at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (contained in Ethdoc 915).
Calamarowenye (King Tippoo) was one of the signatories to a petition to Queen Victoria for improvement to the conditions of Aboriginal people on Flinders Island
- 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
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg18-Pro