Earle, Augustus, 1793-1838 :[Meeting of the artist and Hongi at the Bay of Islands, November 1827]

Earle, Augustus, 1793-1838 :[Meeting of the artist and Hongi at the Bay of Islands, November 1827]
Earle, Augustus, 1793-1838; Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh, 1868-1918

Shows canoes, storehouse and carved objects. Hongi is seated in a central position, with huia feathers in his hair. Earle, seated on the left, is gesturing and is wearing a green cap. Another European is seated behind Earle, his friend Shand. Hongi's family and supporters surround him and the group is seated at the base of a low cliff.

The meeting took place in a bay about 1 mile from Kororareka (Russell). Hongi had fought without his armour, supplied by King George IV, and had been wounded by a ball in the chest. He was to die the following year.

Identification: the exact identity of Mr Shand is not known. Earle described him as a Scotsman.

Exhibited in 'Two centuries of New Zealand landscape art' Exhibition at Auckland City Art Gallery, 2 February - 22 April 1990.

Exhibited in 'Treasures in Trust' exhibition to celebrate 75th anniversary of the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1995.

Exhibited in 'The Dream Collectors' Exhibition at Te Papa / Museum of New Zealand, 14 February 1998 -; then touring to Auckland City Art Gallery and Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Also known by title: The wounded chief, Hongi (or Honghi).

Other Titles - Meeting of the artist and the wounded chief, Hongi

Other Titles - The wounded chief Honghi

Inscriptions: Recto - on the back neck area of the cloak of the foremost reclining figure: A.E.

Related works: a lithograph version of this view, 'The wounded chief Honghi and his family' was published as plate 2 in Earle's 'Sketches illustrative of the native inhabitants and islands of New Zealand ... (London, New Zealand Association and Robert Martin, 1838). The lithograph contains fewer figures and details than the oil

Quantity: 1 oil(s).

Physical Description: Oil on canvas 578 x 898 mm (sight)

Provenance: Collection of Alexander Turnbull

Additional description

Alternative form available: Copied in colour and black and white. Negs 2862 mnz 1/2 and colour neg 11959 1/2 show the painting before conservation in the 1960s. There is a total of 19 slides of the work, and 13 colour transparencies in June 1994; also a small colour print, taken pre-conservation, showing an earlier frame - no negative number.

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1 oil(s), Works of art, Oil paintings, Portraits, Oil on canvas 578 x 898 mm (sight)
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