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Sketchbook with contents drawn by Oscar, Cooktown boy, aged 18 years

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An exercise book with green-black marbled paper on the front and the back covers, and a green fabric spine. A label attached to the front cover reads "Drawn by Oscar. / Cooktown boy / Aged 18 years". It also has a stamp of the Australian Institute of Anatomy in Canberra on it. The sketchbook contains 40 drawings in lead and coloured pencil on lined paper with printed red margins, with a table of contents provided on the first two folios. The drawings include images of indigenous and non indigenous men and women. Several are depictions of ceremonies and hunting animals while others show violent interactions with police. Two drawings show steamboats, while several show images of people in town wearing smart clothing. One page is standing proud from the edge.

Collection name
MacKenzie collection no. 2


Date drawn
1894 - 1904

Paper, Cardboard, Textile - non specific

Width: 176mm
Height: 205mm
Depth: 15mm

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