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Maori Art postcards: series of eight chromolithographic subjects illustrative of Maori life from drawings by Benoni White. There are a further three cards which may have been the start of another series. William Potts was the lithographer for these early cards

The Maori Art cards were produced c1900 by A.D. Willis, a Wanganui printing firm run by printer Archibald Duddington Willis. Willis set up the Wanganui herald newspaper with politician John Ballance, a future premier of New Zealand. He later began bookbinding, publishing, and commercial printing, and published several series of Christmas and greetings cards featuring local elements and iconography.

Willis was a pioneer of the use of chromolithography in New Zealand and the most significant publisher of postcards, producing cards of quite extraordinary beauty and style to match the best anywhere in the world at that time. When he died in 1908 the business seems to have died with him.


A D Willis, incomplete set of 3, artist Benoni White
SET TWO: Incomplete set of three.

Offered for sale is one complete set of eight postcards, one incomplete set of three and many individual postcards.

Please see descriptions below.


A D Willis, complete set of 8, artist Benoni White
SET ONE: Complete set of eight.

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A D Willis Postcards

Issued circa 1910

 

Card size: 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (13.8 x 8.8cm) approximately.

 

Postcard titles:

LINK to LARGER IMAGES x GROUP:

  • GROUP 1:
  • SET 1 (complete set of 8)
  • 1 A secluded retreat
  • 2 Rapids ahead
  • 3 Canoe race
  • 4 The old story
  • 5 The bath
  • 6 Fishing day in the Pa
  • 7 Visitors
  • 8 In search of foe
  •  
  • GROUP 2:
  • SET 2 (incomplete set; 3 only)
  • 1 I'm a going milking sir...
  • 2 Juvenile warriors
  • 3 The warrior's defeat
  •  
  • GROUP 3:
  • Individual cards
  • CARD (1) A secluded retreat
  • CARD (3) Canoe race
  • CARD (3a) Canoe race
  • CARD (4) The old story
  • CARD (4a) The old story
  • CARD (4b) The old story
  • CARD (4c) The old story
  • CARD (5) The bath
  • CARD (5a) The bath
  • CARD (7) Visitors
  • CARD (8) I'm a going milking sir...
  • CARD (8a) I'm a going milking sir...
  • CARD (8b) I'm a going milking sir...
  • CARD (9) Juvenile warriors
  • CARD (9a) Juvenile warriors
  • CARD (9b) Juvenile warriors
  •  

 

GROUP 1
Set ONE

A D Willis Postcard, A secluded retreat, -- LINK to larger image 1.) A secluded retreat;

A D Willis Postcard, Rapids ahead, -- LINK to larger image 2.) Rapids ahead;

A D Willis Postcard, Canoe race, -- LINK to larger image 3.) Canoe race;

A D Willis Postcard, The old story, -- LINK to larger image 4.) The old story;

A D Willis Postcard, The bath, -- LINK to larger image 5.) The bath;

A D Willis Postcard, Fishing day in the Pa, -- LINK to larger image 6.) Fishing day in the Pa;

A D Willis Postcard, Visitors, -- LINK to larger image 7.) Visitors;

A D Willis Postcard, A In search of foe, -- LINK to larger image 8.) In search of foe;

Purchase a Complete set of 8 post cards

Price: $750.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

GROUP 2
Set TWO

A D Willis Postcard, I'm a going milking sir..., -- LINK to larger image

1.) I'm a going milking sir...;

A D Willis Postcard, Juvenile warriors, -- LINK to larger image

2.) Juvenile warriors;

A D Willis Postcard, The warrior's defeat, -- LINK to larger image

3.) The warrior's defeat;

Incomplete set of 3 post cards

Price: $250.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

GROUP 3
INDIVIDUAL Cards (from Set One & Set Two)

A D Willis Postcard, A secluded retreat, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (1)
A secluded retreat

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, Canoe race, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (3)
Canoe race

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, Canoe race, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (3a)
Canoe race

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, The old story, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (4)
The old story

Price: $80.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, The old story, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (4a)
The old story

Price: $80.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, The old story, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (4b)
The old story

Price: $80.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, The old story, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (4c)
The old story

Price: $80.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, The bath, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (5)
The bath

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, The bath, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (5a)
The bath

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, Visitors, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (7)
Visitors

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, I'm a going milking sir..., -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (8)
I'm a going milking sir...

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, I'm a going milking sir..., -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (8a)
I'm a going milking sir...

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, I'm a going milking sir..., -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (8b)
I'm a going milking sir...

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, Juvenile warriors, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (9)
Juvenile warriors

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, Juvenile warriors, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (9a)
Juvenile warriors

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

A D Willis Postcard, Juvenile warriors, -- LINK to larger image

Individual CARD (9b)
Juvenile warriors

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)