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Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere

1825
Jean Coutant (engraver) after Jacques Etienne Victor Arago

line engraving on paper (sheet: 33.5 cm x 50.0 cm)

These engraved portraits are based on drawings made by artist Jacques Arago in late 1819, when Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet's expedition was in Sydney. Dispatched from France in 1817, the expedition visited Australia, East Timor, many Pacific islands and South America before Freycinet's ship was wrecked in the Falklands in February 1820. In New South Wales, Freycinet and other officers met the Dharawal senior men Timbery (1784-1840) (centre) and Broughton (1798-c. 1850) (bottom left) and others associated with explorers such as Charles Throsby and Alexander Berry. Broughton was the name given by Europeans to Toodood (also Toodwick and Toodwit), who acted as a guide and interpreter to Throsby and Berry in their explorations of Dharawal, Gundungurra and Yuin Country in the 1810s and 1820s. Members of the Timbery family are said to have been present when James Cook – and later Arthur Phillip – dropped anchor in Kamay (Botany Bay). The Timbery family have lived in the area for countless generations, preserving their stories of the arrival of the colonisers and continuing to practice Dharawal craft traditions.

Arago's drawings were engraved for inclusion in the official atlas of the Freycinet expedition, published in Paris in 1825.

Purchased 2015

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Artist and subject

Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (age 35 in 1825)

Jean Coutant

Timbere (age 41 in 1825)

Broughton (age 27 in 1825)

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