- Museum number
- Object: Cape Barren Geese
Two Cape Barren geese, the one at back lowering its head towards a dish on the ground.
- Production date
- 1830 (July)
Height: 18 centimetres
Width: 23 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Listed in MS145 of J Barnard Davis in the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) 'Catalogue of Drawings, Paintings, and other objects of an Ethnological nature'. The catalogue is the list of material Davis acquired from G.A. Robinson's widow.
Robinson had direct dealings with Robert Neill. On 17 March 1833, Robinson wrote in his journal at Port Arthur: 'Pm, received an invitation from Mr Neill the commissariat storekeeper to take tea...Mr Neill is an artist: presented me with a portrait of TRUGGERNAN a female aborigine of VDL taken in 1828. This was very acceptable to me. Mr Neill is about leaving the settlementand is to be relieved by Mr Lempriere'.
Neill's 'Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land', a major painting in oil on board, painted in 1828 is in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. NGA2013.4523.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- This drawing was amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of J B Davis' estate in early 1883. It was one of a series of drawings, prints, paintings and ethnographic objects relating to Australia which J B Davis purchased in 1867 from Rose Robinson, G A Robinson's widow.
In the Sotheby's sale of the Davis collection in 1883, Lot 31 was bought by Franks and was described as '8 Water-colour Drawings, Portraits, 1 of Cape Geese'.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 34 (Davis Catalogue MS 145 RAI 1867)
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg81-Ano