C1784

A Fortified Town, or Village, called a Hippah, built on a Perforated Rock, at Tolaga, in New Zealand.

Artist:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1745 - 1771)

 ‘After breakfast we all went ashore to see an Indian Fort or Eppah.. We went to a bay where were two, we landed first near a small one the most beautifuly romantick thing I ever saw. It was built on … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Fortified Town, or Village, called a Hippah, built on a Perforated Rock, at Tolaga, in New Zealand.

Date:

C1784

Artist:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1745 - 1771)

Engraver:

Alexander Hogg 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 205mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Fortified Town, or Village, called a Hippah, built on a Perforated Rock, at Tolaga, in New Zealand. - Antique Print from 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

 ‘After breakfast we all went ashore to see an Indian Fort or Eppah.. We went to a bay where were two, we landed first near a small one the most beautifuly romantick thing I ever saw. It was built on a small rock detached from the main and surroundd at high water, the top of this was fencd round with rails after their manner but was not large enough to contain avove 5 or 6 houses; the whole appeared totally inaccessible to any animal who was not furnished with wings.
Banks, Journal I, 431-1, 12 November 1769.

 
A much larger version of this famous image was issued in Cook’s first voyage accounts in 1773.

Biography:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1730-1771)

Born in Sweden, his father held the senior Chair of Medicine at Abo and Herman studied medicine from 1748-1753. He then went to Stockholm to practice surgery, but left for London in about 1735. Solander says he ‘went to sea’ but it isn’t known in what capacity whether it was as a ship’s surgeon or able seaman. Sporing also worked as a watch maker for eleven years and on the Endeavour his skill in repairing instruments was highly valued. Sporing made numerous drawings of coastal profiles and topographical scenes which had previously been attributed incorrectly to Parkinson.

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