Magic Lantern Slide of a missionary preaching to a gathering of indigenous people.
Magic Lantern Slide of a missionary preaching to a gathering of indigenous people.
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Magic Lantern Slide of a missionary preaching to a gathering of indigenous people.

(c. 1850). A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting a missionary proselytizing to a group of indigenous people, most likely Maori, gathered around a camp fire. The slide is similar to hand-painted glass slides depicting New Zealand Maori made by W.E. & F. Newton in London in the 1850s. The finely rendered scene shows the Maori, some wearing cloaks and fiber rain capes, their faces illuminated by the glow of the fire, as they listen to the missionary read from a book. The missionary is in the Western dress of the early 1800s and stands before a canvas tent. In the background, the moon shines over a lush landscape of hills and a lake or river. Paint flaking in two small areas, otherwise fine in original wooden frame. (Image measures 2 7/8 inches in diameter; 74mm. Wooden frame measures 4 by 6 1/2 inches; 100x165mm). Item #26523

Price: $800.00

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