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Williams, John, 1796-1839 :Te Po a Chief of Rarotonga...from a painting by J Williams jnr; printed in oil colours by G Baxter. London, John Snow [ca 1840].

Reference Number: A-282-017

Shows a full-figure portrait of a Rarotongan chief, possibly Te Po Kurikuri. He has a large headdress, is dressed in loin cloth drapery and holds a long barbed spear upright in his left hand, and a fan in his right hand. The background shows a stretch of water with a canoe and sailing ship, with island hills in the background.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Ethnographic images, related to George Baxter, Te Po Kurikuri, Rev John Williams, Dr Morvyn Williams, Philippa Therese Williams, Rarotonga and Men, Cook Islander - Cook Islands - Rarotonga.

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Williams, John, 1796-1839 :Te Po a Chief of Rarotonga...from a painting by J Williams jnr; printed in oil colours by G Baxter. London, John Snow [ca 1840]., Reference Number A-282-017 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 colour art print(s) on page detached from book.Coloured Baxter print, 136 x 82 mm, on page 190 x 124 mm.. Vertical imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: The figure is similar in stature and in almost every respect to that in the frontispiece to John Williams' 1839 edition of "A narrative of missionary enterprises in the South Sea islands..." London: John Snow, 1839. It differs only in the lack of tattoing, although traces of tattoing may be seen on the upper legs and left arm. Compared to that 1839 frontispiece, all the colouring is very faded, possibly owing to prolonged exposure to light

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: Colour laser print In Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-002719)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Recto - beneath image: [Title]

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