Key plan of Smetham’s picture, London, 1863 - The New Zealand Chiefs in Wesley’s house.

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Key plan of Smetham’s picture, London, 1863 - The New Zealand Chiefs in Wesley’s house. [By E.M Hocken after James Smetham.] 1889

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Hocken Pictorial Collections - 13,395 b


Margin above image in ink in Dr Hocken’s hand: Key Plan of Smetham’s Picture, London, 1863; margin below picture in ink in Dr Hocken’s hand: The New Zealand Chiefs in Wesley’s house; margin around picture in ink in Dr Hocken’s hand: 1. Mr William Jenkins (of Nelson), interpreter. 2. Rev. Dr Jobson, Secretary of the Wesleyan Society. 3. Mrs Jobson. 4. Mrs P. Brames Hall, a woman supporter of Missions. 5. Hariata te Iringa, wife of Hirini & granddaughter of Kawiti. 6. Wiremu te Wana, son of Pou one of Hongi’s generals. 7. Reihana Taukawau, son of Tukarewa one of the most renowned Ngapuhi chiefs of the last generation. 8. Hariata Tutapuiti, wife of Hare Pomare, daughter of Pikimaui, one of Hongi’s fighting chiefs & friend of Tamati Waka Nene our friend & ally in the Northern War (1845-6) 9. Ngahuia, granddaughter of the celebrated Hereta Taniwha (Hook-Nose) of the Coromandel district, Hauraki & contemporary with Captain Cook. 10. Takarei Ngawaka, grandson of the great Te Heuheu who was buried under a landslip at Tokaano (Lake Taupo) 11. Horomona te Atua, don of Te Anga one of Hongi’s generals. 12. Hare Pomare, son of Pomare who was taken prisoner in 1845 by the British troops during Hone Heke’s war. 13, Hapimana Ngapiro, son of Mokoera, grandson of Rangitawhanga, & great grandson of Te Ra Taunga all noted warrior chirftains of the Ngatiawa tribe, Taranaki. 14. Kameriara te Hautakiri Wharepapa, son of the great fighting chief Wharepapa, one of Hongi’s generals. 15. Paretene te Manu, son of Kau te Awha & descendant of Rangitukiwaha of the Ngapuhi tribe. 16. Kihirini te Tuahu, son of Whareri, grandson of Te Whiu & descendant of Rangitihi of Tarawera, Taupo. 17. Hirina Pakia, son of Tipene Hare cousin of Hongi, grandson of Waharaupo a general of Hongi & Kawiti. 18. Portrait of John Wesley. 19. Probably of Rev. D. Coke. 20. Probably of John Wesley’s mother, Mrs Susanna Wesley; margin below image in ink in Dr Hocken’s hand: This historical picture was painted in 1863 by James Smetham, Esq. R.A. of London, a well known artist & a friend of Ruskin & Rosetti. It represents a group of Maori chiefs & their wives, the inetrpreter, the Rev. Dr & Mrs Jobson, & Mrs Brames Hall assembled in a room in Wesley’s house, London, & was intended to commemorate the Wesleyan Missionary Jubilee. The Maoris, in charge of the interpreter, visited England to gain an idea of its greatness & resource; the expedition was undertaken with the sanction of the New Zealand Government. The received the most hospitable reception from the Queen & from the highest persons in the Kingdom. The Queen was godmother of a Maori boy born during the visit- November 1863- The picture indicates the meeting of the civilised Maori with the Missionary, to whose labours his advancement is due. It was intended that it should hang in the Mission Hall & Mr Swales, a publisher in Darlington, undertook to publish a jubilee print from it. But the scheme fell through. [Text obscured] … The picture, for which Mr Smetham received one hundred & fifty guineas was sent to New Zealand for sale, the price asked being 200 guineas. After a curious history it finally came into my possession. The portraits, Mrs Smetham informs me, are all careful likenesses. T.M. Hocken, Dunedin 1889.


116 x 178 mm


pen & ink on paper

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Dr T.M. Hocken’s Collection.


Dr T.M. Hocken’s Collection.




Hocken, Elizabeth Mary, 1848-1933 and Smetham, James, 1821-1889, “Key plan of Smetham’s picture, London, 1863 - The New Zealand Chiefs in Wesley’s house.,” | OUR Heritage, accessed May 28, 2024,