Lovely day... Men pruning... Senhor Loureiro and Birdie painting Barak.
George de Pury, 1899
William Barak was accustomed to sitting for portraits. Over the years, many photographers had travelled from Melbourne to Coranderrk Aboriginal Station to take his picture.
In 1899, 23-year-old Victor de Pury, the Baron’s younger son, added his name to the list of those who had produced an image of Barak, this time in oil paint. From a young age, Victor had used drawing to represent both his imaginative world and life at Yeringberg.
When Barak sat for the young de Pury and his art tutor, Arthur Loureiro, he was around 76 years old. He had become an artist himself, using charcoal and ochre on paper to capture his own memories, particularly of traditional Wurundjeri life.