The Rt. Hon Sir George Grey Bart G.C.B. S. W. REYNOLDS, Engraved.

The Rt. Hon Sir George Grey Bart G.C.B

London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co, 1850.

Mezzotint after painting by F.Grant, 620 x 425mm, framed.

A separately issued and full length mezzotint portrait of George Grey (1812-1898), outstanding explorer, governor and politician.

A separately issued and full length mezzotint portrait of George Grey (1812-1898), outstanding explorer, governor and politician.

This is a handsome image of a youthful Sir George Grey done two years after being knighted at the age of thirty six in 1848. Grey was an ardent book collector and is seen here with books at his feet and to his left. His long career left a deep impression on three great colonial areas New Zealand, South Australia and Cape Colony.

"Grey was a keen naturalist, ceaselessly collecting geological and biological specimens for the Kensington Museum, Kew Gardens and elsewhere…he gained scholarly repute for his studies of native languages and customs, and for his published collections of Maori and Polynesian legends, An ardent book collector he gave valuable libraries to both Cape Town and Auckland". (A.D.B page 480).

Rex Nan Kivell Collection, p.132.

Price (AUD): $2,450.00  other currencies Ref: #4111693