Friday 20 August 2021

Meticulously researched, beautifully designed, and full of important information, our Book of the Week is He Ringatoi o ngā Tūpuna: Isaac Coates and his Māori portraits by Te Tau Ihu historians Hilary and John Mitchell. Between 1841 and 1845 Coates painted portraits of 58 Māori in the Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington areas. This superb book reproduces the portraits and provides whakapapa and biographical details of the subjects, as well as new information on Coates's own story.
>>Find out more about the book
>>Hilary and John discuss the book on Radio NZ
>>Some of the portraits
>>Dawn Smith was instrumental in identifying Coates as the artist behind many of the portraits
>>Read the authors' speeches that were to be given at the book's launch (which was cancelled due to the pandemic): >Hilary's speech. >John's speech

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