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watercolour over pencil and charcoal on paper
(44.6 × 57.7 cm) (image and sheet)
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Michael and Traudl Moon, 1995
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

William Barak embraced the media and materials that the settlers brought. He added brightly coloured paints and gouaches to his ochres and pigments and used paper instead of bark. In Group Hunting Animals from the 1890s, he used watercolour on top of pencil and charcoal.

In this work hunters dressed in long possum skin cloaks carry spears and a stone axe. They stalk native reptiles, birds and animals including emu, kangaroo, wallaby, turtle, turkey, platypus, echidna, snake, dingo and lyrebird.