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Alfred Burton

Mount Tarawera in Eruption, June 10, 1886, from Wairoa

Mount Tarawera in Eruption, June 10, 1886, from Wairoa by Alfred Burton

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The album this photograph comes from is considered one of the most significant of late 19th-century photography, containing over 180 prints by Alfred Burton and George Valentine. The images showing the destruction wrought by Tarawera are preceded by images that record the uniqueness of the thermal region before the event.

Having only photographed the area the year before, the eruption of Tarawera was a boon for Burton’s business. He embarked upon an illustrated lecture series, showing his photographs by limelight. Travelling the country, he added new images as he acquired them including photographs of paintings imagining the event. (Picturing History, 2009)

Title
Mount Tarawera in Eruption, June 10, 1886, from Wairoa
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1898-circa 1899
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
130 x 194 mm
Inscription
3996 - MOUNT TARAWERA - IN ERUPTION - JUNE 10 - 1886 - FROM WAIROA.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1999
Accession no
1999/18/160
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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