The New Zealanders illustrated

Author: Angas, George French, 1822-1886.
Responsibility: by George French Angas
Place: London
Publisher: Thomas M'Lean
Date Published: 1847
Description: [12] p., [60] leaves, 60 leaves of col. plates ; 55 cm.
Provenance: York Gate Library
Call Number: Rare Book Room (RGS) 919.30222 A581 d
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Subject: Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Maori (New Zealand people)--Pictorial works
Maori (New Zealand people)--Portraits
Maori (New Zealand people)--Social life and customs--19th century--Pictorial works
Maori (New Zealand people)--Clothing--Pictorial works
New Zealand--Pictorial works
Lithography, British--19th century
Biography: Colonial artist, writer and naturalist. George French Angas's portrayals of early colonial Australia and New Zealand and their peoples, largely watercolours and lithographs, are some of the most detailed and interesting in existence, valued today for their anthropological and sociological significance as well as for their artistic merit. He also wrote many books, which include accounts of his travels and Australian and New Zealand history. Angas came out to Australia when he was still only a young man. He lived in South Australia for some time but did not stay. The RGSSA's collection includes some unique works by him, including some watercolours he sold to S.W. Silver in 1876 for thirty pounds when he was short of money, back in England. Further details of his life are available from the ADB & SA Museum (see the links)
Notes: Originally published in 10 pts. Added engraved t.p.: London : Published for the proprietor by Thomas McLean, 1846. Provenance (RGS copy): York Gate Library.
Summary: In July 1844 George French Angas interrupted his Australian explorations to make a side-trip to New Zealand. Fascinated by Maori customs, dwelling-places and attire, he made careful pencil and watercolour sketches during his journey, elaborating on them a series of paintings. These paintings were, in turn, the basis for the large volume of hand-coloured lithographic plates, "The New Zealanders illustrated", published in London in 1847. (The engarved title page shows 1846.)
Cited: York Gate Library ; no. 5437 Hocken, p. 129