C1847

Taranaki or Mount Egmont. War Canoe. (Early morning).

Famous lithograph of Mount Egmont by George French Angas the first colonial artist to venture into the interior. With original letterpress description stating; THIS lofty mountain rears its snow-clad summit as a mighty beacon over the blue Pacific– it is … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Taranaki or Mount Egmont. War Canoe. (Early morning).

Date:

C1847

Engraver:

J.W. Giles 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 250mm

Paper Size: 

541mm 
x 365mm
AUTHENTICITY
Taranaki or Mount Egmont. War Canoe. (Early morning). - Antique View from 1847

Genuine antique
dated:

1847

Description:

Famous lithograph of Mount Egmont by George French Angas the first colonial artist to venture into the interior.

With original letterpress description stating;
THIS lofty mountain rears its snow-clad summit as a mighty beacon over the blue Pacific– it is an extinct volcano, and its height, as estimated by Dr. Dieffenbach, is 8839 feet–the lowest point at which the snow is perpetual, is calculated at 1635 feet from the summit. Mount Egmont, like the volcano of Tongariro, and other high mountains, is made “tapu,” or sacred, by the New Zealanders, who have some strange tales and legends respecting it: they affirm that Tongariro and Taranaki are brother and sister, but that, to avoid the wrath of her angry relative, Taranaki removed farther south, and stationed herself at the entrance of Cook’s Straits; they look on the mountain with dread, and people it with ngarara, or crocodiles; and they say that mysterious birds dwell amidst its recesses. Nothing can exceed the loveliness of the country surrounding Taranaki–the Settlement of New Plymouth is at its base, with a roadstead, inside the Sugar Loaf Islands. The effect represented in the plate is one of early day, when the morning clouds are frittered into delicate tracery by the fresh east wind, and drawn up like a curtain, revealing the snowy mountain in bold relief against the sky. A war-canoe, with a sail made of reeds, is introduced into the picture–some of their war-canoes are very large, and hold from one hundred to one hundred and fifty men; they are designated by particular names, such as “Marutuahi,” which means literally “a slaying or devouring fire.”

From George French Angas, The New Zealanders illustrated.

Collections:
Alexander Turnbull Library: Ref PUBL-0014-02
Museum of New Zealand: Registration NumberRB001054/014a
National Library Australia: Bib ID 359832
Waikato Museum: Accession number 1976/39/1.1-60

George French Angas (1822 - 1886)

Angas was a painter, lithographer, engraver and naturalist, fourth child and eldest son of George Fife Angas, a merchant and banker. As the eldest son he was expected to join his father's firm, but some months in a London counting house proved a disillusioning experience. In 1841 he took art lessons for four months from Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, a natural history painter and lithographer, and armed with this instruction set out to see the world. He began in the Mediterranean publishing, A Ramble in Malta and Sicily in the Autumn of 1841.......Illustrated with Sketches Taken on the Spot, and Drawn on the Stone by the Author, the following year. Angas's father had established the South Australian Company in 1836 and had large areas of land as well as banking interests in the province. George French sailed for South Australia in 1843 in the Augustus, arriving in Adelaide on 1st January 1844. Within days he had joined an exploring party selecting runs for the South Australia Company. They traveled through the Mount Lofty Ranges to the Murray River and down to Lake Coorong and Angas sketched views of the countryside, native animals and the customs and dwellings of the Narrinyerri people. Later he drew scenes on his father's land - 28,000 acres in the Barossa Valley - and accompanied George Grey's expedition to the then unknown south-east as unofficial artist. In July 1844 Angas visited New Zealand. Guided by two Maoris, he traveled on foot and by canoe through both islands, painting portraits of Maoris and views. Angas's father died in 1879, leaving a vast estate from which George French received only a annuity of 1000 pounds. In 1884 he went to Dominica on a collecting expedition, finding shells, moths, butterflies and birds. Dogged by rheumatism and neuralgia during his last years, Angas died in London on 4 October 1886.

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