J Laroque (Artist) Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (After)

Sauvage de la Nouvelle Zelande [Savage Man of New Zealand]

Sauvage de la Nouvelle Zelande [Savage Man of New Zealand] by J Laroque, Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur

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The Quebecois artist, Grasset de Saint-Sauveur, never saw the indigenous people he romantically envisioned in his prints. He based his images on well-known travel accounts and his vivid imagination. This Māori wears a Roman style wrap and striped cummerbund with an elaborate feather headdress put to one side. He appears to live in an igloo-like brick dwelling quite unlike the reality of a Māori whare made of carved wood with a roof thatched with raupo (reed) or nikau fronds.

Title
Sauvage de la Nouvelle Zelande [Savage Man of New Zealand]
Artist/creator
Production date
1796
Medium
etching, aquatint and watercolour
Dimensions
232 x 169 mm
Inscription
signed in image, LR, 'J. Laroque Sculp.'. insc. in image, LL, 'J. Grasset St. Sauveur inv. dir enc.'. insc. LL-LR 'Sauvage de la nouvelle Zéelande'.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1998
Accession no
1998/15/2
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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