Artist unknown :[Reconstruction of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. ca 1940 or 1930s]

Artist unknown :[Reconstruction of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. ca 1940 or 1930s]
1940 - 1840
Haddon, Oriwa Tahupotiki (Rev), 1898-1958; New Zealand. Department of Māori Affairs

An unfinished work showing a group of Maori and Pakeha standing around a table in the open air, part of a tent sketched in to the left, behind the group. One man is signing the document, watched by two Pakeha men in uniform (William Hobson and somebody else), a third Pakeha man, probably Henry Williams, is in clerical garb with two further Pakeha men in the background. Eleven Maori are seated in the foreground, and nine more are standing around the table. To the right a pohutukawa tree is in flower and the Bay of Islands with a ship at anchor can be seen in the background.

Not completely accurate since the pohutukawa is shown as flowering in February, when such an event in Northland is over by late December.

Likely to be a later reconstruction

Very similar to a lost oil painting by Oriwa Haddon, formerly on display and owned by the Treaty House, Waitangi, from early 1934. The oil painting was reproduced in an article in the Weekly news, 31 January 1934, p 38-39. On the basis of this similarity, it is possible that Oriwa Haddon is the artist of this work, possibly a preliminary version of his oil.

Other Titles - Oriwa Tahupotiki Haddon, attributed works

Quantity: 1 watercolour(s).

Physical Description: Watercolour, 185 x 275 mm

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