C1820

A Sailing Canoe of Otahaite.

Artist:

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

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Full Title:

A Sailing Canoe of Otahaite.

Date:

C1820

Artist:

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original aquatint, with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

445mm 
x 330mm

Description:

Rare aquatint by John Webber the official artist on Cook’s third and final voyage. Early issue on Whatman watermarked paper dated 1819.

This aquatint is based on the engraving, A view of the island of Otaheite, with several vessels of that island, issued in Hawkesworth’s, Account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere plate number 4, volume 2. The engraving Hawkesworth has a number of canoes whereas in this aquatint Webber has selected only one of the smaller canoes and featured it.

From Views in the South Seas, which is considered to be the most beautiful series that resulted from Cooks three voyages.

Biography:

 John Webber (1752-1793)

Official artist on Cook’s 3rd  & last voyage. The reasons for the voyage
were to return Omai & 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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