- Museum number
- Object: The Natives of Tasmania bewailing the loss of their country
Drawing; watercolour, group of six Tasmanian Aboriginal people; two standing with their arms up in the air; four others crying, one with arm up in the air.
- Production date
Height: 33 centimetres (mounted)
Height: 9.30 centimetres
Width: 40.40 centimetres (mounted)
Width: 11.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This unsigned work was drawn to illustrate the end of George Augustus Robinson's planned book on his experiences in Tasmania. An inventory (Royal Anthropological Institute Ms 145) by Barnard Davis of the material he acquired from Robinson's widow lists '33. Coloured drawing. "The natives of Tasmania bewailing the loss of their country". A design for the "Finis" of G.A Robinson's proposed work on his missions.'
Although Plomley (Friendly Mission p.908) attributed the work to Thomas Bock, it was most likely done by Charles Merrett, a student of John Glover.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1988 31 Mar-29 May, Commonwealth Institute, London
1988 25 Jun-31 July, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Exhibited for exhibition 'Stories of Australian Art' curated by Jonathan Watkins. See publication of same name published by Commonwealth Institute and Australian Studies Centre, London.
- Window mounted, in good condition.
- 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 32 was bought by Franks and was described as '8 water-colour drawings, 6 portraits, canoe & Group of Natives of Tasmania'.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 33 (Davis Catalogue MS 145 RAI 1867)
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg83-Ano