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A 19thC artist unknown

portrait of Rewi Maniapoto, oil on canvas, unsigned. 675 x 500. Note: Our vendor's late great-grandfather, George Henry Easthrupp Wells (1864-1960) of Onehunga was at the age of seven 'kidnapped by Maoris and taken to Otorohanga', it is recorded that Mr Wells used to recall 'he saw Sir George Grey, Mr John Sheehand and other members of the government who were negotiating with the Maoris for land for the Main Trunk Railway'. Rewi Maniapoto and Te Wahanui permitted the Main Trunk Railway to enter the King Country, presumably this association is why Henry Wells and family held this work in their collection.

Realised: $1,200