C1785

A Man of Van-Dieman's Land in New Holland.

Scarce c.18th engraving of an aboriginal from Van Diemen’s Land, based on John Webber’s engraving issued in Cooks account of his Third Voyage and last voyage. John Webber’s first encounter with the people of the Pacific came in January 1777 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Man of Van-Dieman’s Land in New Holland.

Date:

C1785

Condition:

Slight overall soiling, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

172mm 
x 290mm

Paper Size: 

240mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Man of Van-Dieman's Land in New Holland. - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Scarce c.18th engraving of an aboriginal from Van Diemen’s Land, based on John Webber’s engraving issued in Cooks account of his Third Voyage and last voyage.

John Webber’s first encounter with the people of the Pacific came in January 1777 when Cook arrived at Adventure Bay, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). He was astonished at their unashamed nakedness.

In his first painted version of this portrait Webber included the man’s full torso, covered with ceremonial scars. Cook described the appearance of the Tasmanian’s as ‘far from disagreeable’. ‘The keloid scars so typical of the Australian aboriginal adult male; they came from cuts incised with a flint of other sharp stone knife, which were often rubbed with ashes of clay to enlarge the effect. They denoted inititation into manhood, but other functions were totemistic and aesthetic.’ Cook, Journals III, I, 52.

From; Hogg, Alexander. A New, authentic, and complete collection of voyages round the world,..of Capt. Cook’s first, second, third and last voyages….

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 19.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 18.
Forbes, D. Hawaiian National Bibliography 1780- 1830. Honolulu /Sydney, 1999/2003: 61.


Collections:
State Library Victoria: Bib ID 3137599
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS MRB/F79
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 910.41 A11
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand: Registration No RB000015

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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