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True light and shade : an aboriginal perspective of Joseph Lycett's art / John Maynard
Bib ID 6421191
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Maynard, John, 1954-, author
Description Canberra : National Library of Australia ; Moorebank : NewSouth Books [Distributor] 
Canberra, ACT : National Library of Australia, [2014] 
168 pages : colour illustrations, colour portraits, ; 29 cm 
ISBN 9780642277084 (paperback)

'True light and shade' is filled with beautiful images by convict artist Joseph Lycett that powerfully capture in intimate detail Aboriginal life, a rare record of Aboriginal people within the vicinity of Newcastle and how they adapted to European settlement before cultural destruction impacted on these groups.John Maynard writes an engaging short biography of Lycett and his life in Australia and follows this with a detailed commentary on each of the 20 images in the album. Each image is reproduced in full on a double page spread and then, on the spreads following, details have been enlarged to accompany John's text as he takes us through exactly what is happening in every picture: ceremony, hunting and fishing, carrying food (carving up whalemeat), land management and burning, interactions with Europeans, family life, dances, funeral rituals, and punishment. When you return again to examine the full image, you see it in a completely different light. John also includes written records from the time that corroborate Lycett's views.

Full contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Lycett album.

National Library's copies signed by author.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Lycett, Joseph, approximately 1775-1828.  |  Aboriginal Australians in art.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- History -- Pictorial works.  |  Geology - Earthquakes.  |  Animals - Marine mammals - Whales.  |  Hunting, gathering and fishing - Tree climbing.  |  Fishing - Spearfishing.  |  Environment - Land management - Fire.  |  Hunting - Kangaroo / Wallaby.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Place names.  |  Weapons - Spears.  |  Stories and motifs - Moon.  |  Birpai / Biripi people (E3) (NSW SH56-14)  |  Transport - Water - Canoes.  |  Worimi / Gadang / Kattang people (E2) (NSW SI56-02)  |  Hunting - Birds - Emus.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies - Burial.  |  Language - Vocabulary.  |  Stories and motifs - Kangaroos / Wallabies.  |  Stories and motifs - Lakes.  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking - Seafood.  |  Food - Seafood - Shellfish.  |  Technology - Fibre - Nets - Net making.  |  Art - Non-Indigenous.  |  Art - Painting - Watercolour.  |  Dance - Recreational - Corroboree.  |  Weapons - Spears - Throwing.  |  Weapons - Shields.  |  Lake Macquarie (NSW N Coast SI56-05)  |  Sydney (NSW SI56-05)  |  Newcastle (NSW N Coast SI56-02)  |  Port Stephens (NSW N Coast SI56-02)  |  Hunter River (NSW N Coast SI56-01, SH56-13)  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors National Library of Australia issuing body
Available From Parkes Place Canberra ACT 2600 


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