Robert DOWLING | Group of Natives of Tasmania

England 1827 – England 1886
Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886

Group of Natives of Tasmania 1860
oil on canvas
45.6 (h) x 91.4 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide , Gift of the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation and the M.J.M. Carter AO Collection 1988

This 1860 work is a smaller version of the large painting of 1859 and was painted for an anthropological organisation in London. Interestingly, boomerangs have been introduced, common enough tools in mainland Australia, but unknown to the Aborigines of Tasmania.