C1852

Te Nangihaeta. New Zealand Chief.

Very rare lithographed standing portrait of Te Rangihaeata. His face is in profile, and he wears a flax cloak (Kaitaka Paepaeroa) with a taniko (woven border). In his right hand is a greenstone mere. The associated text states: ‘Rangihaeta’s name … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Te Nangihaeta. New Zealand Chief.

Date:

C1852

Engraver:

Dickson & Co London 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

316mm 
x 426mm
AUTHENTICITY
Te Nangihaeta. New Zealand Chief. - Antique Print from 1852

Genuine antique
dated:

1852

Description:

Very rare lithographed standing portrait of Te Rangihaeata.

His face is in profile, and he wears a flax cloak (Kaitaka Paepaeroa) with a taniko (woven border). In his right hand is a greenstone mere. The associated text states: ‘Rangihaeta’s name may be translated ‘The heavenly dawn’. He is chief of the Ngatitoa tribe, and both from descent and energy of character, is the most influential native in the Southern district of New Zealand. He is related to the late Te Rauperaha, whose fighting chief he was, and both were in arms against us. The fortified Pah of Pahatanui was constructed under Rangihaeta’s direction, and considerable knowledge in the art of War was displayed in its fortification. Both Te Rangihaeata and Te Rauperaha are unpleasantly associated in the minds of the Colonists, as being prime movers in the ‘untoward event’ which is known as the Wairau Massacre. Te Rangihaeata had not embraced Christianity up to the time of my departure, and still affected to despise the Manners, Customs, Arts and Religion of the Pakehas.” Other Notes : The original watercolour for this lithograph is held in the Fletcher-Challenge collection, Auckland, purchased 29 March 1995. The artist has the subject’s title correctly spelled with an R (although missing its third a) in the captions at the front of the volume, but the lithographer has misspelled the name with an N underneath the image. Rangihaeata is the modern spelling for the name. It was often rendered as Rangihaeta by Europeans during Te Rangihaeata’s lifetime.

From Oliver’s, Lithographic drawings from sketches in New Zealand.

Richard Aldworth Oliver (1811 - 1889)

Accomplished watercolourist who in command of HMS Fly carried out surveys in New Zealand and Pacific waters, 1847–51. In 1849 the Fly was escort to Bishop Selwyn's schooner Undine on his visit to New Caledonia and the New Hebrides. In 1852 A Series of Lithographic Drawings from Sketches in New Zealand was issued in England. These were after some of the many watercolours and pencil sketches of landscapes and studies of Maoris that Oliver made during his period in New Zealand. A collection of these, held by his grandson, was exhibited in New Zealand House, London, and in the Commonwealth Institute of Art, and was toured in USA by the Smithsonian Institute. Work included Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Three watercolours 1847–51 are in Turnbull Library.

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