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A scene in South Australia

24.9 × 35.7 cm (comp.) 57.2 × 39.1cm irreg. (sheet)
printed in ink l.c.: A SCENE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
inscribed (inverted) in pen and brown ink on reverse u.c.: Adelaide Octr 10 1858. / Dear Bob / I met with the annexed Lithograph, / & have sent it to you, the characters are all Portraits, I / know them all & can avouch for its correctness. - / The Scene is a cottage on the North Park Lands, near / the Native Camp (Native Camp underlined), it is Washing Day - the Iron Pot, heating / the Water out-side - The Group of Natives, just returning / to Camp, from a days begging in Adelaide, accompanied / by a troop of Dogs - The principal character is "Old / King William" ("Old King William" underlined). The Woman on his right his Lubra. (i.e. Wife) / the others his family - the whole Dogs included is true to life. / "Old King William" is well known in Adelaide & is so named / from his resemblance to that Monarch, he came to Town every / morning in a clean White Shirt & carried his spear, his hair / White & gait stately, his Wife has a load on her head, some / of the others at their backs, where one of the Women carries / her "Piccanini." - the children are invariably naked, the Men & / Women but scantily clothed, you will notice their Arms & Legs / are very thin & deficient of Muscle, their hands & feet seem / a grade between the Ourang Outang & a perfect human development, / in their rambles they are always accompanied by a large troop of / hungry looking Dogs - the countenance of the "old King" is a little / too severe - in begging he never takes less than a silver (silver underlined) Sixpence, / if less be offered, it is given to his Lubra or children - I have / endeavoured to fold (fold underlined) so as not to injure the faces, & perhaps you / may take the creases out - We are all well & write in kindest / love & regards to you all & to all old friends; / Yours truly / D. L. (...illeg.) / Mr Robt Hart.
inscribed (vertically) in pen and brown ink on reverse u.r.: You will notice the Women as well as Men smoke.
Accession Number
Australian Prints / Australian Prints & Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of David Crawford, 1998
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display