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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855)
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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855)

Nouvelle-Hollande. (aboriginal artefacts)

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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855)
Nouvelle-Hollande. (aboriginal artefacts)
signed and dated 'Js. Arago. F. 1818.' (lower right), the artefacts numbered 1-8 and described in the key '1.2. Sagaies en bois (5.à 6 pds) 3.4. Casse=têtes. (2.p ½ à 3P.) 5. Eventail de plumes de Casoai.. (6 pouces.) 6.7. Vessies dans lesquelles les - sauvages mettent du rouge, pour peindre le corps. (5 à 6 pouces.) 8. Ceinture en cheveux. (2 pieds et demi.)' below the image
watercolour on paper
15 x 11 5/8in. (38.1 x 29.5cm.)
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Western Australia, 1818.

The French bartered with the aborigines, the French receiving 'clubs and assegays' (Arago), the aboriginal elder prizing a tin plate.

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