C1784

A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing.

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. A Hawaiian solo … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 250mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing. - 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.

A Hawaiian solo dancer pictured in this image is seen holding an uli’uli, a feather-covered gourd rattle. On his calves are leggings made of loose-hanging dog’s teeth. Called kupe’e niho ‘ilio, they weighed up to ten pounds and included as many as 1,356 teeth, adding rhythmic accompaniment to the dancer’s leg movements. The tattoos on the dancer’s arms and legs are an example of the elaborate decoration in Hawaii.

Beddie 1743-62, p.342, Joppien 3.301A, ill.p.533

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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