# 8055

KING, Henry (1855-1900); [ANDREW, Thomas]

King Mata’afa of Samoa.

$220.00 AUD

Circa 1890. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, contemporary manuscript inscriptions to the mount, 'Samoan Chief' / 'H. King Sydney', in very good condition.

A fine portrait of the Samoan paramount chief, Mata'afa Iosefa (1832-1912). Although this image was sold commercially by the Sydney photographer Henry King, it was in fact taken by the photographer Thomas Andrew in his Samoan studio, as evidenced by Andrew's distinctive painted backdrop and tropical plant props. The original photograph was taken around 1890; Henry King's glass slide was probably published sometime between this date and 1895.