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CIRCLE OF JOSEPH SWABEY TETLEY
circa 1778-1822

Album of 12 Drawings of Australian Aborigines (circa 1805)

Estimate $350,000 – $450,000

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CIRCLE OF JOSEPH SWABEY TETLEY

circa 1778-1822
Album of 12 Drawings of Australian Aborigines (circa 1805)

watercolour with brush and ink on Buttanshaw wove paper; two sheets watermarked with date '1804'
inscribed 'Natives of Australia / by Capt. Tetley taken on the spot / Wm. R.' (inscription by the original owner of this book, William Rashleigh)
21.8 x 17 cm (each) (12)

1) A Child Offering Fish to Its Mother
2) Man with a Club
3) Woman Carrying a Basket
4) Man with a Club and Shield
5) Man Fishing with a Five-Pronged Fishing Spear
6) Man with a Shield, Throwing Stick and Spear, in the Action of Throwing
7) Man with Spears and Shield
8) Man Holding Spears with a Throwing Stick in His Belt
9) Man with a Conical Head-Dress Holding Some Sort of Club
10) Woman in a Canoe Fishing with a Line
11) Man Offering a Fish
12) Woman with a Baby Slung on Her Back

  • Lot Sold $350,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $429,545 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

(Possibly) Philip Rashleigh III (1729-1811), England
William Rashleigh (1777-1855), England
(Possibly) Rashleigh Family auction, of Menabilly, nr. Fowey, Cornwall, [circa 1940s]
Private Collection, Ireland
James Stevens Cox, Guernsey, acquired from the above
Private Collection, by descent from the above
Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper, Forum Auctions, London, 9 June 2020, lot 157, illustrated
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above

Literature

James Stevens Cox (ed.), Australian Aborigines Drawn from Life by Captain Tetley c. 1805, The Toucan Press, St Peter Port, Guernsey, 1977, illustrated

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