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1895 Wood Engraving Portrait Queen Koloka Namoa New Guinea Native Tribal XGWB1

1895 Wood Engraving Portrait Queen Koloka Namoa New Guinea Native Tribal XGWB1

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This is an original 1895 black and white in-text wood engraving of Queen Koloka from Namoa, New Guinea.


This 116+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. No creases. Minor print defect - top right corner. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4 x 5.5 inches; 10 x 14 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of wood engravings featuring images of Reverend Chalmers exploration of Papua New Guinea from the years 1878 to 1894. Edward Whymper was the man behind a considerable portion of the engravings, who produced the pieces with keen eye and expert hand. Get a feel for the culture of the indigenous people, and travel to the wilderness with the natives by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by Whymper, Edward. There is no visible artist signature.

Edward Whymper

Edward Whymper (1840-1911), the mountaineer, explorer, and illustrator, is remembered for being the first man to successfully ascend the Matterhorn of Switzerland in 1865. Whymper was born in London, England and was the second of eleven children. His elder brother Frederick was also an artist and explorer, and became a celebrated wood engraver, much like Edward; both had learned to engrave in their fatherÕs studio. In 1860, Edward was commissioned to create a portfolio depicting Professor BonneyÕs ascent of Mont Pelvoux. Whymper became enthralled with mountaineering during this experience, and went on to explore Mont Blanc and the Pennine Alps for himself for the duration of the 1860s.

Whymper had unsuccessfully tried climbing the Matterhorn eight times, but in 1865, successfully reached the summit with six other party members. Unfortunately, during the descent, four of the men fell to their deaths, after one of the men slipped and fell onto another.

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