George French Angas. The New Zealanders illustrated. London: Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

George French Angas. The New Zealanders illustrated. London: Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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George French Angas. The New Zealanders illustrated. London: Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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The New Zealanders Illustrated

Author: George French Angas
Ref No: GNZ 995.3 A58
Date Created: 1847

In 1840, before leaving England to become Governor of South Australia, George Grey sought an interview with Tyneside tycoon George Fife Angas (1789-1879), founder of the South Australian Company and the most powerful landowner in the new colony, with holdings of about 43,000 hectares. This was the beginning of a warm accord between Grey and the Angas family which extended over many years.

When George Fife's eldest son, the talented artist George French Angas (1822-86) visited South Australia early in 1844, Grey not only received the young man hospitably but accompanied him on expeditions to remote parts of the colony.In July 1844 George French interrupted his Australian explorations to make a side-trip to New Zealand on a South Australian Company schooner. Fascinated by Māori customs, dwelling-places and attire, he made careful pencil and watercolour sketches during his journey and also kept a detailed journal.

Angas elaborated on these sketches in a series of paintings of New Zealand and Australian scenes. The paintings were, in turn, the basis for two large volumes of hand-coloured lithographic plates, South Australia illustrated and The New Zealanders illustrated, published in London in 1847.The Library's copy was a gift to Sir George Grey from the Angas family. Pasted into the front of the book is a lithographed portrait of the painter's father, signed 'Yours very affectionately, George Fife Angas'.

The image shows Rangitakina a chief of Ngāti Rangihouhiri, Ngāti Awa from the Bay of Plenty, in stately attire, comprising of a finely woven kahu ngore and a warrior chiefs tōpuni or kahu kurī.

Tags: 2g8ryv, ichenl, Māori, portraits, pwk9te, qzajc, teacher, tqarn, travel, vxqyl, wwtxrp

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