Published & Sold October 1st 1813, by Edw.d Orme, Bond Street, London.
Fine hand-coloured aquatint with very large margins. Platemark: 180 x 230mm (7¼ x 9¼").
Plate 9 from 'The Field Sports &c. &c. of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales', published by Edward Orme, London, 1813, the first book devoted solely to the Aboriginal people of Australia. This scene depicts four Aboriginal men throwing spears at a figure holding a shield for protection. A large group, some standing, some sitting, look on intently. Possibly an act of judgement or a test of skill. After John Heaviside Clark, later known as "Waterloo Clark" for his depictions of Wellington's triumph in 1815.
NGV ref: 1999.400.9.
[Ref: 32076] £220.00