C1773

[A view of a perforated rock in Tolaga Bay in New Zealand].

Artist:

Herman Sporing (1730 - 1771)

Hand coloured example of the first view of Tolaga Bay made from Lt. James Cook, visit in 1769. Sporing the artist has depicted the Endeavours’ pinnance, which was moving about the bay on the same day in the process of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[A view of a perforated rock in Tolaga Bay in New Zealand].

Date:

C1773

Artist:

Herman Sporing (1730 - 1771)

Engraver:

J.J. Barralet 

Condition:

In good condition with folds as issued

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

270mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
[A view of a perforated rock in Tolaga Bay in New Zealand]. - Antique View from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

Hand coloured example of the first view of Tolaga Bay made from Lt. James Cook, visit in 1769.

Sporing the artist has depicted the Endeavours’ pinnance,
which was moving about the bay on the same day in the process of
wooding and watering the ship. The discovery of the view was recorded ‘We
saw an extraordinary natural curiosity. In pursuing a valley bounded on
each side by steep hills we on a sudden saw a most noble arch or Cavern
through the face of a rock leading directly to the sea, so that through
it we had not only a view of the bay and hills on the other side but an
opportunity of imagining a ship or any other grand object opposite it.
It was certainly the most magnificent surprize. I have ever met with so
much is pure nature superior to art in these cases
‘ Banks, Jornal I, 419, 419, 24 October 1769.

Reference: Joppien 1.113B ill. pp. 173

From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,…

Artist:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1730-1771)

Born in Sweden,
his father held the senior Chair of Medicine at Abo and Herman studied
medicine from 1748-1753. He then went to Stockholm to practice surgery,
but left for London in about 1735. Solander says he ‘went to sea’ but it
isn’t known in what capacity whether it was as a ship’s surgeon or able
seaman. Sporing also worked as a watch maker for eleven years and on
the Endeavour his skill in repairing instruments was highly valued.
Sporing made numerous drawings of coastal profiles and topographical
scenes which had previously been attributed incorrectly to Parkinson.

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