"Vah-ta-ah, the Feejeean Princess" J. D. MACDONALD.

"Vah-ta-ah, the Feejeean Princess".

[England]: no date but 1857.

Oval portrait Baxter print in the original timber frame, 145 x 125 mm., modern labels pasted to back;.

From Vah-ta-ah to Lydia: cannibals rejoice

A most attractive Baxter print of a "Feejean Princess". This image was included as the frontispiece to a book on Fiji by the Reverend Joseph Waterhouse, but prints made by the famous Baxter process were often sold separately as well, and this example, in its original frame, was probably always destined for display.

A most attractive Baxter print of a "Feejean Princess". This image was included as the frontispiece to a book on Fiji by the Reverend Joseph Waterhouse, but prints made by the famous Baxter process were often sold separately as well, and this example, in its original frame, was probably always destined for display.
A printed caption to the back reads: "This is an illustration from Waterhouse's book Vah-ta-ah. This primitive native was a cruel and vicious cannibal but later was baptised and re-christened 'Lydia'. The wording on the print reads: 'From a miniature by J.D. MacDonald of H.M.S. Herald. Printed in Oil Colours by Baxter, Inventor, Patentee, London'."
HMS Herald was an important survey vessel on the Pacific station, which undertook major survey work in the region in the 1850s under the command of Henry Mangles Denham. The artist, John Denis Macdonald, served on the Herald as assistant surgeon, and became a famous zoologist and member of the Royal Society.

Price (AUD): $885.00  other currencies     Ref: #4403223

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