C1784

Canoes of Oonalashka.

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. Cook explored the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Canoes of Oonalashka.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.
AUTHENTICITY
Canoes of Oonalashka. - 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. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.

Cook explored the Alaska Peninsula 16 to 22 June 1778 and recorded the canoes of the native peoples. 

The two figures in the top canoe were from Prince William Sound while the single canoeist was a native of Unalaska.

‘Several of the larger Canoes saluted us, by making a Circuit round the ships and giving 3 Halloos at their departure. they paddle in most excellent time, the foremost man every 3d or 4th Stroke making flourishes with his paddle. the halloo is a single note in which they all join, swelling it out in the middle and letting the Sound die away.

‘…his Canoe was longer & narrower than those we saw in the river.’ Cook Journals III, 1, 349.

References: Beddie 1743-50, p.342, Joppien 3.249A, ill.p.487

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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