A Woman of Oonalashka.


John Webber (1752 - 1793)

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S/N: CK03E-2422-USA-ALASKA–195338

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A Woman of Oonalashka.




John Webber (1752 - 1793)


In good condition.


Copper engraving.


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.

Portrait of an Aleut woman from Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), Alaska made on Cook’s first visit, 28 June to 2 July, 1778.

‘They [the women of Unalaska] have two holes in their under-lip in which they wear a kind of ornament made of white stone, which in turn up & appear something like whiskers, they have likewise a string of beads which is made fast to the gristle of the nose & hangs down to their Chins, by these & the Tattawing of their Faces they are distinguished from the men as well as by their dress, the Seal Skin Frock being worn by them only & the Bird skin Frock & Fish Gut by the Men.’ Cook Journals III, 2, 1143.

Beddie 1743-49, p.342, Joppien 3.267A, ill.p.500

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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