C1837

Te Po, a Chief of Rarotonga

Baxter portrait of the heavily tatooed figure of Pa Te Pou Ariki (Takitumu vaka, Rarotonga). The Journal of the Polynesian Society says he is the 43rd Pa Ariki of the Takitumu tribe and was chief when the Gospel was introduced … Read Full Description

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S/N: BAXT-079-PI-COOK-ISL–384231
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Full Title:

Te Po, a Chief of Rarotonga

Date:

C1837

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving

Image Size: 

90mm 
x 142mm

Paper Size: 

137mm 
x 226mm
AUTHENTICITY
Te Po, a Chief of Rarotonga - Antique Print from 1837

Genuine antique
dated:

1837

Description:

Baxter portrait of the heavily tatooed figure of Pa Te Pou Ariki (Takitumu vaka, Rarotonga). The Journal of the Polynesian Society says he is the 43rd Pa Ariki of the Takitumu tribe and was chief when the Gospel was introduced into Rarotonga. He died 1855 and was succeeded by his daughter Pa Upoko Takau Ariki.

John Williams, the representative of the London Missionary Society who brought Christianity to the Cook Islands in 1821, went back to England in 1834 to supervise the printing of the New Testament in Rarotongan. George Baxter knew Williams personally. The portrait was the best rendition of a Cook Islands tattoo of that time. It was based on an original drawing by John Williams. The pose is a typical one but the only really clear parts of the tattoo are the turtle motifs on his knees – as a food item turtles were reserved for chiefs.

Reference:
Ball & Martin, Baxter Prints (1983), No. 79, ill.p. 72
Courtney Lewis, No 79

Collections:
British Museum: Museum number Oc2006,Prt.38
Cook Islands Library & Museum: 2010/03/baxter
National Library Australia: Bib ID 293272

George Baxter (1804 - 1867)

Baxter was a famous colour printmaker who engraved a wide variety of subjects mainly after his own designs. He developed and patented his own process of printing in oil colours from several blocks in both wood and copper.

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