Item #9303 Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux. Charles Furneaux.
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux
Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux

Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Hawaii by Volcano School Painter Charles Furneaux

Hawaii: Circa 1892. 84 albumen photographs generally measuring between 7.75 x 4" and 9.5 x 7.25", mounted to album leaves measuring 10.25 x 8", two captioned, some initialed "CF" in the negative. A collection of photographs of Hawaii by Charles Furneaux, a prominent painter and photographer who moved to the islands in 1880 from Melrose, Massachusetts. There, he befriended the Hawaiian royal family and staged the first solo art exhibition in the Hawaiian Islands in 1881; he is known for his fiery paintings of volcanic eruptions, and is considered one of the three "old masters" of the "Volcano School" of Hawaiian art, as well as the first resident volcano painter on the island. According to Joan Abramson, "Photographers of Old Hawaii," Furneaux "was a dedicated and accomplished amateur--among the first amateurs to come to light in Hawaii in the decades surrounding the turn of the century...Furneaux's photographs contain a languorous romantic quality that is entirely absent from his lively paintings of Kilauea volcano. Whether his subject was a sunset behind ships at anchor at Hilo Harbor, a girl resting beside a canoe, fishing nets set out to dry or the most impoverished of plantation villages, each of his scenes seems somehow placid and idyllic...Furneaux' romantic view is, in its way, very much an important part of Hawaii's past."

Here, in what may be the most significant body of Furneaux's photography to come on the market, there are many examples of Furneaux's landscape photography, including several photographs of volcanoes, one of which, captioned "Kilauea 1892", appears to show a lava tube. Furneaux's landscape photographs portray the grandeur and romance of the Hawaiian landscape, particulary his images of palm trees and waterfalls, as well as several seascapes. In addition, there are roughly 25 to 30 images depicting native Hawaiians and Japanese laborers, including photographs of hula dancers, ukelele musicians, grass huts, plantations and plantation workers, and more. Furneaux's close ties with the royal family are represented in at least three photographs depicting Queen Liliuokalani (and perhaps other images showing royal family members), as well as a photograph of the Royal Hawaiian Band and a view of Iolani Palace. There are also a variety of miscellaneous images: town views, harbor views, street views, a photograph of one of Furneaux's paintings, a photo of a banquet with pineapple served at each table, the interior of the United States consulate, exterior and interior views of homes, well-to-do caucasian families, and more. We were unable to find any other examples of Furneaux's images ever having entered commerce. In all, a rare and important collection of 19th century Hawaiian photography. Images quite sharp, with slight fading to a few. Warping and toning to album leaves, some of which are chipped, stained, and/or torn along margins, affecting the edges of a couple of images. Item #9303

Price: $17,500.00

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