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The Painted KingArt, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawaii$
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Glenn Wharton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834951

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834951.001.0001

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Creating a “Pacific Hero”

Creating a “Pacific Hero”

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The Painted King

Glenn Wharton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the commission of the monument of King Kamehameha's in the Hawaii State Archives in Honolulu. The handwritten letters between the artist and the commissioning body are mixed in with photographs, newspaper articles, and other papers that have been accumulated since the late nineteenth century. These articles help reveal how the heated politics of the day fed into the monument's design, by explaining topics such as Thomas R. Gould's neoclassical obsessions as a sculptor, and Walter Murray Gibson's personal ambitions to align himself with the struggling Hawaiian monarchy. Moreover, these articles are stored in an underground vault on the grounds of ʻIōlani Palace.

Keywords:   King Kamehameha, Hawaii State Archives, Thomas R. Gould, Walter Murray Gibson, ʻIōlani Palace

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