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kanalaritja: an unbroken string - TMAG touring exhibition
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-22, 01:25 authored by Greg LehmanGreg Lehman
The Maireener shell necklace has been known to Europeans since their earliest visits to Van Diemen’s Land, as the island was known until 1856. Perhaps the best-known illustration of these encounters was provided by the artist Nicholas Martin Petit, travelling with Captain Nicholas Baudin in 1802. Born into a family of fan painters, Petit had been taken on as a gunner and draughtsman, but is thought to have been a student in the school of David. His sensitive portrait of Bara-Ourou, jeune sauvage de la terrede Diémen, was first published in the atlas of the voyage in 1807.
Publication titleArtlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly
Issue03 February 2017
Place of publicationAustralia