Aboriginal canoes communicating with Monarch and the Tom Tough, 28 August 1855
The artist took part in A.C. Gregory's expedition to North Australia, to record its activities in drawings and watercolours. This oil painting, produced later, shows Aborigines in a boat approaching the confronting European boat during their expedition in the Gulf of Carpentaria, south of Prince of Wales Island, on 28 August 1855. The Aborigines, wearing body paint, are portrayed in their canoe which dominates the picture. Four men paddle the canoe towards the stern of the schooner 'Tom Tough', commanded by Captain Gourlay, whilst the man at the front of the boat holds out his arms in preparation to catch a line being tossed by a sailor.
John Thomas Baines
- Image reference: BHC1191
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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