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Title

The Hunter and Collector

2010


Artist

Rew Hanks

Australia

19 May 1958 -


About

The central figure of Joseph Banks in this linocut is loosely inspired by two prints -a 1773 mezzotint by J R Smith after Benjamin West's portrait of Banks and the 1774 mezzotint by William Dickinson after Joshua Reynolds' portrait. Like the West portrait, in which the figure of Banks is surrounded by ethnographic objects collected on the Endeavour voyage, Rew Hank's Banks is surrounded by a loose iconography of objects with connections to the central subject. Among these are the
eponymous Banksia flowers, May Gibb's wicked 'Banksia Men' and a prickly pear plant, the noxious weed first introduced to Australia at the suggestion of Banks in an attempt to create a local cochineal industry.The greyhounds, rifle and ray refer to Banks' method of collecting fauna specimens, while the skull of a merino sheep refers to Banks' post-exploration occupation as 'Master of the King's Flock'. In a jar can be seen the head of Pemulwuy, a warrior who has come to signify early Indigenous resistance to colonisation, and who participated in an initiation ceremony at yoo-lahng, or Farm Cove (site of the modern Gardens) in 1795. Following his death in 1802, Pemulwuy's head was reportedly decapitated and sent to England to Joseph Banks by t he Governor Philip King. Since lost, it was the subject of repatriation claims by Indigenous Australians, who in 2010 approached Prince William in Sydney advocating for its discovery and return.


Details


Date

2010


Media category

Print


Materials used

linocut, printed from one block in black ink on white BFK Rives paper


Edition

2/30


Dimensions

105.0 x 70.1 cm blockmark; 122.0 x 80.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Rew Hanks 2010".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2011


Location

Not on display


Accession number

158.2011


Artist information

Rew Hanks

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Anne Ryan., Foundation Newsletter #18, 'Australian PDW Report', Sydney, Jun 2011, (colour illus.).

Anne Ryan, Imprint, 'Rew Hanks, a year in the gardens', pg. 6, Melbourne, Autumn 2011, 6.

Rew Hanks linocuts: the Governor's garden, Sydney, 2011, 2 (illus.).