C1773

[A military gorget worn in the South Sea Islands.]

Artist:

James Roberts

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality. ‘A most singular item of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[A military gorget worn in the South Sea Islands.]

Date:

C1773

Artist:

James Roberts

Engraver:

James Roberts 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

280mm 
x 210mm
AUTHENTICITY
[A military gorget worn in the South Sea Islands.] - Antique Print from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

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

‘A most singular item of battle dress, and one having great exchange value, was the taumi, or demi-gorget, a wickerwork breast covering decorated with shell, shark’s teeth, and feathers.’ Oliver

From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken By the Order of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Reference: Joppien 1.100A ill.pp. 164

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