Commemorative portrait of local chieftainess and heroine, Hūria Mātenga (Julia Martin) wearing a korowai (Maori cloak), hei tiki (neck pendant) and clutching huia feathers - all symbols of chiefly rank. The subject is set against a stormy marinescape with the wreck of the ship 'Delaware' in the background. The Delaware foundered on rocks at Wakapuaka near Nelson in 1863 and Mātenga played a significant role in the rescue of the crew. She was also a prominent member of the local community and this portrait was commissioned through public subscription shortly after her death in 1909.
Dimensions: 1 - Frame: 1333 x 1080mm
Dimensions: 2 - Painting: 1200 x 940mm
Commissioned by the people of Nelson in 1908