Collection Item

A group of Australian Aborigines, possibly in Sydney c 1849

By Unknown artist

Scenes of Aboriginal life in New South Wales had been a popular subject among local artists from the early days of British settlement. By the mid-1800s Aboriginal people living in and around Sydney were adapting more to the English lifestyle, language and modes of dress.

In this small painting, the women are all wearing government-issue blankets. One woman, seen third from the right, is painted from the back and is wrapped in a blanket initialled ‘B O’ (British Ordinance), 1849. The male figure wears a coat to his knees over a loosely buttoned shirt and probably a straw hat.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 1253
Published date:
c 1849
On display:
Exhibition Galleries

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Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Monday, 1 January 1849
Finished Monday, 31 December 1849