European missionary preaching to a group of indigenous men (possibly Māori).
[s.l. : s.n., probably between 1850 and 1860], Hand-painted magic lantern glass slide, circular image (80 mm diameter), set in the original wooden frame (100 x 165 mm); fine condition.
There are several hand-painted glass slides of identical format and workmanship, with scenes relating to New Zealand Māori, in the collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library (National Library of New Zealand). These were made by the London firm of W.E. & F. Newton during the 1850s. Although the artist’s depiction of the subjects in this slide is undoubtedly somewhat fanciful, their attire and the nature of the landscape suggest the possibility that the scene is one from the early missionary period in New Zealand.