C1784

An Opossum of Van Diemen's Land.

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. This is the first printed image of an Australian possum made at Adventure Bay. Webber had completed a small group of bird … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

An Opossum of Van Diemen’s Land.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

215mm 
x 270mm

Paper Size: 

390mm 
x 555mm
AUTHENTICITY
An Opossum of Van Diemen's Land. - Antique Print from 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage.

This is the first printed image of an Australian possum made at Adventure Bay. Webber had completed a small group of bird drawings, and one of an opossum both of which had been shot and taken aboard.

References: Beddie 1743-8, p.339, Joppien Plate 16, ill.p.16 (watercolour for the engraving)

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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