C1784

A Boxing Match, in Hapaee.

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality. Reception of Captain … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Boxing Match, in Hapaee.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 305mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Boxing Match, in Hapaee. - Antique Print from 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.

Reception of Captain Cook at Hapaee (Lifuka), one of the islands of the Ha’apai group of Tonga. Cook had arrived on the island 17 July 1777 and stayed until the 29th. Captain Cook seated with the chiefs, watching two pairs of combatants one pair boxing, the other pair fighting with clubs, within a large circle of spectators. Some men of Cook’s company are on the left on the fringe of the crowd.

‘Presently after a number of men entered the Circle or Area before us, armed with Clubs made of the green branches of the Cocoanut tree, these paraded about for a few minutes and then retired the one half to one side and the other half to the other, and seated themselves before the spectators: but soon after went to single Combat, one or two steping forward from the one side and chalenging those on the other which was done more by actions than words; if the Challenge was expected, which was generally the case, each put himself in  a proper attitude and began to engage and continued till one or the other gave out or their weapons were broke….there were Wristling and Boxing matches; the first were performed in the same m[an]ner as at Otahiete, and the second very little different from the method practiced in England.” Cook Journals III, i, 107)

Beddie 1743-15, p.340, Joppien 3.47A, ill.p.309

From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere….

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

Official artist on Cook's third and last voyage. The reasons for the voyage were to return Omai and explore the possibility of a north-west passage along the North American continent. Webber was required to "give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description." Webber's oeuvre from the voyage was the most comprehensive record of sights in the Pacific region ever produced.

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