C1784

A Man of Oonalashka.

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. Portrait of an … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Man of Oonalashka.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

175mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Man of Oonalashka. - 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.

Portrait of an Aleut man from Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), Unalaska, made on Cook’s second visit 3 to 26 October, 1778.

Description of the caps, ‘are generally painted blue and green’ and decorated ‘with the beards of whales, upon which they place beads and some of them fix two or three small carved pieces of bone (in the form of an image) upon the upper part, and on one side’ Ellis (1782) II, 47.

References: Beddie 1743-48, p.341, Joppien 3.287A, ill.p.519

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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