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Hohepa Teumuroa [Hohepa Te Umuroa], New Zealand

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2006,Drg.29

  • Title (object)

    • Hohepa Teumuroa [Hohepa Te Umuroa], New Zealand
  • Description

    Drawing; it depicts the side view of a Maori man (Hohepa Te Umuroa) with facial tattoos; wearing a full length cloak. 1846.
    Graphite and watercolour

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1846
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.5 centimetres
    • Width: 16.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        New Zealand. In the Penitentiary, Hobarton. NovR 16. 46.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Content

        JS Prout
      • Inscription Comment

        Signed by the artist
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Written on old mount.
      • Inscription Content

        J.B. Davis, Prout list 11.
      • Inscription Comment

        This refers to a list in Prout's hand and sent to Davis, which is now contained in Ethdoc 915.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Content

        Hohepa Teumuroa
      • Inscription Comment

        Signed by subject.
  • Curator's comments

    One of five portraits in the British Museum done by Skinner Prout on 16 and 17 November 1846, while the Maori were in Hobart Penitentary, where they had been transported for life for armed rebellion against the British in New Zealand.Prout notes that 'they were transferred to Van Diemen's Land on account of having taken an active part in the disturbances in New Zealand headed by the celebrated John Heki [Hone Heke]. To these sketches is attached their autographs.' Eth Doc 915

    Hohepa Te Umuroa died on Maria Island, Tasmania 19 July 1847.

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  • Bibliography

    • Kolenberg 1988 bibliographic details
    • Brown et al 1986 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Window mounted, in good condition.

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    In 1856 the artist John Skinner Prout sold Joseph Barnard Davis a collection of 36 of his portraits of Australian Aborigines and Maori people. After Davis's death in 1881, these portraits, along with other pictorial and ethnographic material, were acquired by the British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2006,Drg.29

  • Additional IDs

    • Oc2006-Drg29-Pro
Drawing; from a collection of thirty-six. "Hohepa, Jeu Minlea, New Zealand".  "In the Penitentiary, Hobarton. NovR 16. 46". Side view of an adult male with face scarification; wearing a full length cape.  Signed J.S. Prout.  Pencil and watercolour paint.

Drawing; from a collection of thirty-six. "Hohepa, Jeu Minlea, New Zealand". "In the Penitentiary, Hobarton. NovR 16. 46". Side view of an adult male with face scarification; wearing a full length cape. Signed J.S. Prout. Pencil and watercolour paint.

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