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Bust length portrait of Biddy Salamander, an indigenous Australian woman from the Broken Bay tribe, wearing a head-scarf, turned half to the left. 1834-5.
Pencil, black and white chalk with stump, heightened with white
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Height: 263 millimetres
Width: 181 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Biddy was probably the daughter of Bungaree, a prominent and important Aboriginal figure in Sydney in the 1820s and 1830s.
A lithograph based on this drawing was published by John Gardiner Austin, a lithographic and copper plate printer, who operated a business at 15 Phillip St Sydney in the mid 1830s.
The State Library of NSW also holds a similar water colour drawing by Charles Rodius featuring ‘Biddy Salamander of the Broken bay Tribe, Balkabra Chief
of Botany, Gooseberry Queen of Bungaree’ (PXA615, f.6)
This portrait is one of a group of 18 drawings by Charles Rodius, of indigenous Australians and Maori people (kept in a BM leather-covered box).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2023-2024 17 Jun-12 May, Sydney, State Library of New South Wales, Charles Rodius
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