George Baxter

The Rev. J. Waterhouse Superintending the Landing of Missionaries at Taranaki

The Rev. J. Waterhouse Superintending the Landing of Missionaries at Taranaki by George Baxter

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Surprisingly few depictions of European immigrants arriving in New Zealand exist within our art history. This Baxter print depicts the arrival of the Rev. Charles and Mrs Creed at Taranaki. Reproduced in the Wesleyan Missionary Societies’ Journal, the accompanying text described the “Seven native females in a transport of joy, anxiously carrying Mrs Creed with the greatest care to the shore.” Indeed the rapturous reception they receive may well have been intended to convince potential missionaries of the welcome they might hope for.

The inaccuracies in the print – including the shape of Mt Taranaki, the dress and appearance of the Māori – reflect the fact that the artist never visited New Zealand. (Picturing History, 2009)

Title
The Rev. J. Waterhouse Superintending the Landing of Missionaries at Taranaki
Artist/creator
Production date
1844
Medium
oil print
Dimensions
301 x 412 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr A C Caughey, 1921
Accession no
1921/7
Other ID
OCM0716 Old Accession Number, 1921/7/B
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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