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[Corroboree at Newcastle / oil painting by Joseph Lycett]

Joseph Lycett1818

State Library of New South Wales

State Library of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Oil painting on a single wooden panel, on obverse of which is a damaged painting of a composition of what appears to have once been a reclining figure (now erased), curtains, flowers and a distant landscape. Panel is possibly oak. The panel is primed by a coarse white lead, probably not artist quality. Paints are commercially prepared oil paints. There are three sets of double holes along top edge with remains of a brass hinge and wooden screws at upper right. Holes and abrasions on bottom edge suggest two catches mounted along this edge. ; 70.5 x 122.4 cm panel. Panel is 1.4 cm thick.

This painting is attributed to Joseph Lycett, although it has often said to have been by Major James Wallis, on the grounds of its comparative closeness to a plate in Wallis's "Australian Views" "Corrobborree of dance of the Natives of New South Wales New Holland".

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