Portrait of Bennilong; a native of New Holland, who after experienciny for two years the Luxureis of England, returned to his own Country and resumed all his savage Habits.
Engraving. Sheet 203 x 159mm. 8 x 6¼". Cut and laid.
Bennelong was an aborigine arrested by Governor Philip in 1789, following orders from King George III who endeavoured to open intercourse with the natives. Governor Philip captured Bennelong so as to start a relationship in which the differences of language, culture and society could be learny. Bennelong was one of the first Aborigines to learn to speak and understand English and to learn European customs and lifestyle and to enjoy their benefits.
Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK4777. Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK10957. Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK1354; for uncut impression see ref. 26073
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