- Museum number
- Object: Agnes from Ben Lomond
Drawing; it depicts a side view of 'Agnes' (Meelathinna), a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman, sitting on a chair. She is wearing a shawl, a dress and a cap. 1845.
On the reverse, at the top, are the faint traces of two other drawings, depicting a face and a landscape.
Graphite and watercolour
- Production date
Height: 25 centimetres
Width: 17.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
According to Robert Clark, the catechist at Flinders Island, Agnes's Aboriginal name was 'Meelathinna', meaning stinging nettle. See BM Pic Doc 171.
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.
- Not on display
- 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-Drg25-Pro