The New Zealander

  Special Collections Exhibitions
  Unpacking Ruins: architecture from antiquity
  Wood - Palmyra & Baalbek
  Palaces & Baths
  Stuart - Athens v1-4
  Vitruvius & Fréart
  Palladio & Fréart
  Scamozzi & Serlio
  Palladio & Schenk
  Maggi & Ficoroni
  Major - Paestum
  Adam brothers
  Cameron & Russia
  Rome: decline & fall
  The New Zealander
  Meditation & the pleasure of ruins
  Towards a new architecture
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Macaulay's review of von Ranke's The ecclesiastical and political history of the Popes … coined what became, in the 19th century, the most frequently used literary allusion to New Zealand. The figure of a Mäori New Zealander arriving from the new world to survey a future London in ruins recalled the texts of Volney, Walpole and Gibbon. It referred back to the 18th century excursions of Wood and Dawkins, of Stuart and Revett and of Major at Paestum.
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Doré image

In the 1870s the artist Gustave Doré depicted Macaulay's New Zealander visiting future London. In the accompanying text Jerrold wrote, ‘Macaulay's dream of the far future, with the tourist New Zealander ... contemplating "The glory that was Greece - The grandeur that was Rome".' This solitary philosopher-artist appears more akin to romanticised images of young English travelers, discovering and sketching the ruins of Palmyra a century earlier, than to New Zealanders who had recently been at war with Colonial and Imperial troops.
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Images by Gustave Doré

Electronic version of Jerrold's London


Detail. Doré, Gustave. "The New Zealander" inLondon : a pilgrimage, Blanchard Jerrold (ed). London: Grant & Co., 1872.

Detail. Doré, Gustave. "The New Zealander" in
London : a pilgrimage, Blanchard Jerrold (ed). London: Grant & Co., 1872.
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