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Oliver, Richard Aldworth 1811-1889 :Half castes at Pomare's Pah, Bay of Islands. [1851].

Reference Number: C-054-021

Shows two women seated outside a thatched shelter, the one on the right suckling a baby. At right reclines a small child watching, beside a resting dog (head only visible), and a red-cloaked woman on hands and knees attends a fire behind the group. Behind the 2 seated women, stands a woman with green pendant earring and two feathers in her hair, wearing a white beribboned blouse, and native cloak. The seated woman watching the mother wears her hair with centre part in Victorian style, pulled gently back, looped under the ears. She also wears a European white blouse under a Maori cloak, and over her right ear are two short black and white feathers and a long white plume.There is bush in the left background.Relevant notes by Oliver, to accompany his lithographs in "Sketches in New Zealand" (London, Dickinson Bros, 1852): "Those represented in the drawing belong to Pomare's Pah near the Bay of Islands and were sketched at Koroaiki [Kororareka or Russell] at the famous feast of 1851 given by Tamati Waka Nene [Thomas Walker]... The girl [standing behind] is Maria, a remarkably fine girl, and now married to a native. The woman with the baby is said to be the daughter of Chevalier Dillon, and on the left is Jane who is famed for her personal attractions. The old lady on the right is Nahuia, Pomare's wife, who placed herself in that "becoming" attitude to avoid having her picture taken".

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1 image, categorised under Group portraits, Watercolours and Ethnographic images, related to d Pomare II, Madeleine McClintock, G C S Oliver, d Nga Huia, Peter Dillon, Richard Aldworth Oliver, Goodman Fielder Wattie New Zealand Ltd, Bay of Islands, Ngapuhi, Children, Maori, Hairdressing, Maori - Food, Breastfeeding, Dogs, Pounamu, Racially mixed people - New Zealand, Women, Maori, Papakainga and Fires.

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Oliver, Richard Aldworth 1811-1889 :Half castes at Pomare's Pah, Bay of Islands. [1851]., Reference Number C-054-021 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Watercolour, 252 x 356 mm (sight).. Horizontal imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: Note that the only legitimate daughter of Chevalier Dillon was not in New Zealand during the period when this picture was executed; she died in Australia in 1849. However this young woman may be illegitimate

Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Use photographic copy in preference to original.

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-001474)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - centre: Halfcasts - Pomare's Pah / Bay of Islands.

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