Rare Maori photos to be auctioned in England

A collection of 12 Elizabeth Pulman photos will go under the hammer in England. Photo / Supplied
A collection of 12 Elizabeth Pulman photos will go under the hammer in England. Photo / Supplied

Rare pictures taken by possibly New Zealand's first female photographer are being put up for sale.

A collection of 12 Elizabeth Pulman photos will go under the hammer in England on February 20 (local time).

They all depict Maori in the late 19th century, and their prices range from an estimated £200 (NZ$435) to £800 ($1750).

Mrs Pulman emigrated to New Zealand from England in 1861, and she became fascinated by Maori culture, photographing many Maori kings.

The photos depict Maori in the late 19th century. Photo / Supplied
The photos depict Maori in the late 19th century. Photo / Supplied

She opened a photography studio in Auckland in 1867, and ran it herself when it was uncommon for women to work as professional photographers.

BBC broadcaster Christina Trevanion is putting the photos up for auction through auctioneers Trevanion & Dean, which she co-owns.

She said the photos are "a fascinating glimpse in to a time long gone".

"I would hope we can secure a buyer from New Zealand because to me, that is really where they belong."

BBC broadcaster Christina Trevanion is putting the photos up for auction. Photo / Supplied
BBC broadcaster Christina Trevanion is putting the photos up for auction. Photo / Supplied

- NZ Herald

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