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Portrait of Bennilong; a native of New Holland, who after experiencing for two years the Luxuries of England, returned to his own Country and resumed all his savage Habits.
Portrait of Bennilong; a native of New Holland, who after experiencing for two years the Luxuries of England, returned to his own Country and resumed all his savage Habits.
[London, 1817.]
Engraving. 210 x 160mm (8¼ x 6¼") very large margins. Text offset.
Bennelong (c.1764-1813) was an aborigine kidnapped by Governor Philip in 1789 and forced to learn English, following orders from King George III to open relations with the locals. He was brought to England in 1792 and was said to have had an audience with the king, although there is no evidence. He returned to Australia in 1795 where he returned to the bush and led a clan. His grave was found in 2011 in the garden of a private house in present-day Putney, New South Wales, which is being turned into a museum. From George Alexander Cooke's 'Modern and Authentic System of Universal Geography'.
Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK4777. A similar portrait thought to depict Bennelong, signed 'W.W.' is now in the Dixson Galleries of the State Library of New South Wales.
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Te po a Chief of Rarotonga.
Te po a Chief of Rarotonga.
Printed in Oil Colours by G. Baxter, (Patentee) 3, Charter-house Square. From a Painting by J. Williams Jun.r.
[Published by John Snow, 26, Paternoster Row, London.] [n.d. c.1837.]
Baxter print. Sheet 185 x 115mm (7¼ x 4½"). Publication line lost by abrasion.
Possibly Te Po Kurikuri. He has full body tattoo, a spear in his left hand, a fan in his right. He is wearing an elaborate head-dress and is draped with a cloth over his shoulders and his hips. In the background are a Rarotongan canoe and a European sailing ship. Rarotonga, in the Hervey Islands, was the home of the Rev. John Williams in the South Seas for some years.
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[Tonga] Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands.
[Tonga] Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands.
J. Webber del. J. Hall sculp.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving. On 18th century watermarked paper. Sheet 290 x 230mm (11½ x 9"), includes thread margins. Very slight creasing across face.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. A portrait of Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, wearing a headdress and a neck ornament. John Webber (1751-93) travelled with Captain Cook on the Third Voyage (1776-80) as the Official Artist of the expedition, recording the explorer's death at the hand of Hawaiian natives.
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