[Lewin, John William] 1770-1819 :[A Hoodee o Gunna, chief of Ranghee Hoo. Between 1815 and 1819].

[Lewin, John William] 1770-1819 :[A Hoodee o Gunna, chief of Ranghee Hoo. Between 1815 and 1819].
1815 - 1819
Lewin, John William, 1770-1819

Shows full-face head and shoulders portrait of a Maori chief with moko, short curly hair, a turkey feather over his right ear, ear ornaments and a feather cloak. The chief's name was Te Uri Kanae

Attribution based on the fact that an engraving was made of this work in 1824, and Lewin is acknowledged as artist ("Lewin del."). A copy of the engraving is held at A-092-002

According to Ellis' "Early prints of New Zealand" (Christchurch, 1978), A Hoodee O Gunna [Turi a Kuna] was a signatory to the first sale of land in New Zealand, to the Church Missionary Society in February 1815. Dating has been made on the basis of this. The subject is a chief of Rangihoua and nephew of Te Pahi.

Lewin is said to have made his sketch of this subject in Sydney; there is no evidence for Lewin having visited New Zealand.

Other Titles - Te Uri o Kanae Turi a Kuna Rangihoua

Inscriptions: None.

Quantity: 1 watercolour(s).

Physical Description: Watercolour, 166 x 133 mm.

Provenance: Previously owned by John Dixon Antiques, Park Street, Wellington and exhibited by them, 6 & 7 July 1964 at Wakefield House, 90 The Terrace, Antique Fair and Exhibition with the caption 'A young Maori chieftain from Rangihoua in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand' - watercolour by ... J. W. Lewin

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1 watercolour(s), Works of art, Watercolours, Portraits, Watercolour, 166 x 133 mm., Orientation: Vertical image
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