One Year On... Toulgra finds home at State Library NSW

Toulgra at the State Library of New South Wales

One year on, we are delighted to follow up Somerset & Wood’s 2017 visit to Christie's, with the news that our drawing of an Aboriginal teenager named Toulgra by French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit has found a worthy home at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

The drawing was described by library staff as 'unique and highly significant'. What made it so 'wonderful and special' was that it was 'loving and sympathetic', said Ronald Briggs, a curator at the State Library of NSW and an Indigenous services librarian.

The drawing is expected to help researchers study the colonial wars.

You can read more about the acquisition and its journey back to Australia.

Find out more about the artist Nicolas-Martin Petit (1777–1804) at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National History Museum, Le Havre.