George Albert Steel

b.1839, d.1891

Elizabeth Pulman

England / Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1836, d.1900 (Publisher)

King Tāwhiao Tukaroto Matutaera Pōtatau Te Wherowhero (Ngāti Mahuta, Tainui)

  • Purchased 2019
  • Albumen carte de visite
  • 100 x 63mm
  • 2019/069
  • 1882

Tāwhiao, the second Māori king, visited Elizabeth Pulman’s Photographic Rooms in Tāmakimakaurau / Auckland in January 1882 as part of a grand tour of the city to mark the end of his rule in Te Rohe Pōtae or ‘the King Country’ – a seventeen-year-long resistance by Waikato-Tainui peoples to colonisation. Having admired an impressive collection of portraits of other rangatira (chiefs), Tāwhiao returned a few days later to choose several for himself. At this visit, Tāwhiao also arranged to return in a few days for his own sitting. The result was this impressive portrait by George Steel, Pulman’s principal photographer.