A game of draughts is under way in the lower left corner of this peaceful scene of Māori village life in the late 1840s. The artist, John Gilfillan, arrived in New Zealand with his family in 1841, and settled near Pūtiki, Whanganui, which is shown in this lithograph. Gilfillan made many drawings of his Māori neighbours, and this work was said to have been exhibited at the New Zealand Court in the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
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