- Museum number
- Object: Augustus, Macquarie Harbour V.D.L.
Drawing; it depicts 'Augustus' (Thermanope), a bearded Tasmanian Aboriginal man, wearing a red cap, red under-shirt and a blue jacket. 1845.
Graphite and watercolour
- Production date
Height: 20.70 centimetres
Width: 16.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
According to Robert Clark, the catechist at Flinders Island, Augusutus's Aboriginal name was 'Thermanope' meaning 'The Upper Lip'. See BM Pic Doc 171.
"Augustus Clark a Native from Macquarie Harbour - left when a boy - his Father dead - his Mother alive - she and he came with their tribe at Mr Robinson's solicitation to Hobart Town - was taken from his mother there and put into the Orphan School, and then sent to Flinders's Island to his mother - married - has no children." - From notes given to Prout in 1845 by Robert Clark, Catechist at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (contained in Ethdoc 915).
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.
Eth Doc 915 also contains a sample of handwriting by Augustus Clark:
'I mind the cows and go to school. Augustus Clark, Aborigine. Flinders Island.' Rob. Clark Catechist comments on this sheet of paper that this is one of 'two attempts to write on paper for the first time by No. 1 [David Brune] and 2 [Augustus Clarke], the latter [Walter George Arthur] has been writing for seven years'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg5-Pro