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He Ringatoi O Nga Tupuna: Isaac Coates and his Maori portraits

He Ringatoi O Nga Tupuna: Isaac Coates and his Maori portraits (Hardback)

By Mitchell, Hilary
By Mitchell, John

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Isaac Coates was an Englishman who lived in Wellington and Nelson between 1841 and 1845. During that time he painted watercolour portraits of 58 Maori from Nelson, Marlborough, Wellington, Waikanae and Kapiti. Some of these portraits have been well-known for nearly 180 years, alt...hough their creator was not definitively identified until 2000. The discovery in 2007 of a Coates book of portraits in the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University added many previously unknown images to his body of work. The portraits depict Maori men and women from chiefly whakapapa, as well as commoners and at least one slave. Coates's meticulous records of each subject's name, iwi and place of residence are invaluable, and his paintings are strong images of individuals, unlike the more stereotyped work of some of Coates's contemporaries. Whanau, hapu and iwi treasure Coates's works because they are the only images of some tupuna, and they are reminders of those who risked their lives to bring their people to a better life in the Cook Strait regions of Kapiti coast, Wellington, Nelson and Marlborough. In 'He Ringatoi O Nga Tupuna' eminent Te Tau Ihu historians John and Hilary Mitchell unravel the previously unknown story of Isaac Coates, as well as providing biographical details and whakapapa of his subjects, where they can be reliably identified. As well, they discuss Coates's work, and the many copies of his portraits held in collections in New Zealand, Australia, the US and UK.
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ISBN 9781988550206
Published NZ 12 Jul 2021
Publisher Potton & Burton
Format Hardback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781988550206
Stock Release date is 12 July 2021
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Potton & Burton
Imprint Potton & Burton
Published 12 Jul 2021
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mitchell, Hilary
By Mitchell, John
Category Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Australasian & Pacific History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 230mm
Height: 295mm
Spine: 38mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade