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Lot 9: TOMMY MCRAE CIRCA 1830-1901 SPEARING THE KANGAROO C.1890 23 by 33.5 cm Ink on paper Bears title in lower margin Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by George McMahon, a customs officer at Albury on the New South Wales/Victoria border, and

Est: $20,000 AUD - $30,000 AUDSold:
Sotheby'sJuly 26, 2004Melbourne, Australia

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TOMMY MCRAE CIRCA 1830-1901 SPEARING THE KANGAROO C.1890 23 by 33.5 cm Ink on paper Bears title in lower margin Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by George McMahon, a customs officer at Albury on the New South Wales/Victoria border, and then by descent to the vendor Private collection, New South Wales Cf. Similar hunting scenes by the artist are illustrated in Sayers, A., Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 1994, p.30 plate M4; p.31, plate M13; p.35 plates M3 and M29; p.36 plate M36. An exceptionally fine drawing of a traditional hunting scene that had been commissioned of the artist by European settlers towards the end of the 19th century. McRae was masterful in conveying the character of his subjects by the deceptively simple means of drawing silhouettes.

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Sotheby's
July 26, 2004, 06:30 PM GMT

926 High Street Armadale, Melbourne, ACT, 3143, AU