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The Illustrated London News April 14 1888 Tarawera Mountain, NZ - $25 (North Chattanooga)

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The Illustrated London News April 14 1888, pages 404–405 Tarawera Mountain, New Zealand since the eruption

Sketches published two years after the deadly eruption.

The Illustrated London News, launched in May 1842 as the first illustrated newspaper and quickly copied across Europe, North America and beyond, was full of architectural images. New buildings, ancient ruins, construction sites, royal visits, wars, theatre performances, exotic expeditions, historical essays and innumerable other subjects gave occasion to feature the built, whether for its own sake or as background setting. 1

The 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera occurred in the early hours of 10 June 1886 in the North Island near Rotorua then extended to Waimangu, New Zealand. It is the deadliest eruption in New Zealand since the arrival of Europeans. Around 120 people were killed, and many settlements were destroyed or buried


Engraver: C Montbard.

Sketches by E.W. Payton


Text description of illustrated panels in numerical order:

1. Rent and craters on the top of the mountain.

2. The three peaks of Tarawera Mountain.

3. The Rotomahana rent and craters, as seen from the top of Tarawera.

4. Steaming rock 100 ft. High, new the site of Rotomahana Lake.

5. Tarawera from the south-west, showing three of the craters.

6. Side of the eastern crater, on Mount Tarawera.

7. Former site fo Te Ariki, Lake Tarawera.

Approximate dimensions:

23” x 15 5/8”

Folds and creases on the corners and edges of the print can be seen in photos. The largest tear on the upper left is 1.5”. Others are 1” or less. In good condition for its age, over 133 years.

19th century

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