George French Angas

George French Angas (1822-1886) visited New Zealand for six months in 1844. Fascinated by the Maori and their way of life, he travelled throughout the North Island recording people, places, and events, and his portraits of important chiefs form the heart of The New Zealanders Illustrated, originally issued in ten parts during 1846-1847, and now one of New Zealand's most valuable rare books. Later he published similar works from South Australia and South Africa before returning to London in 1860.