"Natives pursuing Kangaroos in the neighbourhood of Sydney…
"Natives pursuing Kangaroos in the neighbourhood of Sydney, New South Wales".

[England]: circa, 1820.

Single leaf from a child's scrapbook, 215 x 260 mm., the engravings and captions neatly cut-out and pasted down, views to both sides of the sheet; foxing and tears to the edges with marginal loss, but charming. Framed.

Nonplussed kangaroos on Sydney harbour

Marvellous page from a child's scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives pursuing Kangaroos in the neighbourhood of Sydney…". Perhaps as had always been intended, in this example the figures and captions have been carefully cut out and pasted on to a blank album page.

Marvellous page from a child's scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives pursuing Kangaroos in the neighbourhood of Sydney…". Perhaps as had always been intended, in this example the figures and captions have been carefully cut out and pasted on to a blank album page.

We have still not been able to identify the name of the book or album from which the sheet was taken, but it is interesting to speculate as to the original source image. One plausible contender is the scene of "Natives of Botany Bay" from Phillip's Voyage (1789), but perhaps the most likely is the "Hunting the Kangaroo" plate published in Foreign Field Sports (1813). The warrior at far left certainly bears some resemblance to the latter, although it has to be said that the second warrior and the background are both very different, as are the kangaroos, which are here represented as amiable and doe-eyed, one with a pair of joeys peeking from her pouch.

On the verso is a bloodthirsty scene from the same series, "A Lion attacking a herd of Zebras".

This is a rare image. The State Library of New South Wales lists an uncoloured sheet, while the Nan Kivell collection has a coloured version (NK 1350); the latter was exhibited in the World Upside Down in 2000, where the tentative date of circa 1820 was suggested. Our example has very similar but not identical colouring to the Nan Kivell copy.

Price (AUD): $2,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504876