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A view in southern Australia with Aboriginal people spearing kangaroos



Thomas Heaphy Junior


1813 – 1873

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Entrance of Port Lincoln taken from behind Memory Cove, South Australia (A view in South Australia)
    A view in southern Australia with Aboriginals spearing kangaroos
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour, pencil, scraping out
    37.6 x 54.2 cm sheet; 56.9 x 72.0 x 2.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown watercolour "Tho Heaphy/ 1836".

    Purchased 1968
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    Thomas Heaphy Junior

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The son of a founding member (and first president) of the Society of British Artists, Thomas Heaphy junior based this watercolour on William Westall's painting 'Entrance of Port Lincoln taken from behind Memory Cove, February 1802' (1809-12), now in the British Ministry of Defence art collection, London (see Elisabeth Findlay 'Arcadian quest: William Westall's Australian sketches', Canberra, National Library of Australia, 1998, pg. 22), or the engraving after it by John Pye, published in London in 1814. There is no known connection between Westall and Heaphy junior, or with Pye, but it was common practice for artists then (as now), to copy or adapt the work of other artists. William Westall (1781-1850) travelled with Matthew Flinders on his 1801-03 voyage to circumnavigate Australia as the expedition artist, and his resulting drawings and paintings are among the most important of early nineteenth century Australia (a substantial number are in the National Library, Canberra). His painting 'Entrance of Port Lincoln' was in fact a composite of two separate drawings he made of the subject.

    The engravings by Pye after Westall were published as 'Voyage to Terra Australis' in 1814. The title of this watercolour is based on an inscription on an old backing sheet 'Fancy view of S Australia by Thomas Heaphy the younger' and its title at auction in 1968.

    excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications