The New Zealanders Illustrated
Angas, George French. The New Zealanders Illustrated. London : Thos. MacLean, Haymarket. 1847.
Angas, George French (1847) The New Zealanders Illustrated. London : Thos. MacLean, Haymarket.
Angas, George French, The New Zealanders Illustrated. London : Thos. MacLean, Haymarket. 1847.
George French Angus was perhaps the most brilliant British artist of ethnographic types. In order to perfect himself as a draughtsman, in 1842, he studied anatomical drawing in London, and also learned the art of lithography. In September 1843 he went to South Australia, a colony of which his father was one of the founders. There he joined several of (Sir) George Grey's expeditions, and made sketches in watercolors of the scenery, aborigines, and natural history of South Australia. Proceeding to New Zealand, he travelled over eight hundred miles on foot in the wildest regions, and made sketches of the country as he journeyed.
Angus states that he visited both islands in order to learn as much as possible about the Maoris and the changes that were going on in their social and physical condition, so that people in England should have a better idea of them. In addition to his magnificent portraits of Maoris published here, Angas was amongst the first to paint views of South Australia.
He lived for many years in Australia but "visited both Islands of New Zealand, and spent a considerable period in travelling round their coasts, and penetrating through the interior - by seeking out nearly every tribe of natives, and living amongst them for some time, in the remote and almost unknown parts of the country, I have succeeded in obtaining portraits of the most important chiefs, with their families, and have made drawings, on the spot, of all objects of interest connected with their history" (Preface).
Returning to England, he published his sketches in 1847 in two folio volumes, entitled 'South Australia Illustrated' and 'The New Zealanders Illustrated.' These, along with his South African volume, form a cornerstone of color-plate travel literature. This work features marvelous plates of the Maori and their environment. Angas depicts them swinging from a pole by rope; their tattoos, etc.
Originally published in 10 parts. List of subscribers. Hand-colored tinted lithographic additional title-page, lithographic dedication to Prince Albert, 60 hand-colored tinted lithographic plates after Angas, drawn on stone by Angas, W. Hawkins, Louisa Hawkins and J.W. Giles. Added engraved t.p.: London : Published for the proprietor by Thomas McLean, 1846.
 p.,  leaves, 60 leaves of col. plates ; 55 cm.
Abbey "Travel" II, 589; Colas 132; Hocken p.129; Tooley 61; Taylor p152; Bobins 316.
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Publisher: London : Thos. MacLean, Haymarket
Date Added: 2019-07-31