- Museum number
- Object: Neptune + his son Moriarty, Circular Head, Flinders
Drawing; it depicts Neptune, a Tasmanian Aboriginal man, sitting with his son Moriarty. Both are wearing shirt and trousers. 1845.
- Production date
Height: 24.80 centimetres
Width: 18.80 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.
"Neptune born near Circular Head, in the Country belonging to Wymerie - he has seen at different periods a number of sealing men kill his countrymen, and has been fired at himself very often - was afraid of the white men - came to George’s Town, and was sent to Swan Island, and ultimately to Flinders, where he married - has two children living, and three dead." - From notes given to Prout in 1845 by Robert Clark, Catechist at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (contained in Ethdoc 915).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
2018 11 May - 28 July, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, The National Picture
2018 17 Aug - 11 Nov, Hobart, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The National Picture
- 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-Drg24-Pro