Story: Ideas of Māori origins

‘The death of Marion du Fresne’

‘The death of Marion du Fresne’

This painting depicts the scene of the French explorer Marc Joseph Marion du Fresne’s demise at Manawaora Bay in Northland, in 1772. Artists in Europe often indulged in romantic interpretations of the South Seas. The columns of the storehouse on the right are more Roman than Māori.

About this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-824-3
Drawing by Charles Meryon

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

How to cite this page:

K. R. Howe. 'Ideas of Māori origins - 1840s–1930s: the Aryan theory', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 15-Nov-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1593/the-death-of-marion-du-fresne