Above: Mickey of Ulladulla, Boats, fish; Native flora and fauna; below: detail
Above: Tommy McRae Dancers with weapons; Hunting and fishing; European house and couple
Above: Tommy McRae Aborigine chasing Chinese man
I am fascinated by any artform that is the result of the interaction between two cultures, whether it be drawing or music or even cuisine. Maybe that's because I am the product of a couple of cultures myself. Either way, I love these nineteenth century Australian aboriginal drawings for their wit, detail, and use of either European or local traditions of depiction where it suits the subject best.
Images from Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century by Andrew Sayers, Oxford, 1994
The dates are not given in the book; I assume that this is because exact dates for these drawings is unknown, or was at the time of publication in 1994. ( Or maybe I just haven't looked at it thoroughly enough.)