C1785

Chapeaux des Naturels D’Oonalashka.

Rare engraving from the French edition of Cook’s voyages of Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), Unalaska, Cook’s second visit 3 to 26 October, 1778. Description of the caps, ‘are generally painted blue and green’ and decorated ‘with the beards of whales, upon … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chapeaux des Naturels D’Oonalashka.

Date:

C1785

Condition:

In good condition, with fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

305mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

385mm 
x 265mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chapeaux des Naturels D'Oonalashka. - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Rare engraving from the French edition of Cook’s voyages of Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), Unalaska, Cook’s second visit 3 to 26 October, 1778.

Description
of the caps, ‘are generally painted blue and green’ and decorated ‘with
the beards of whales, upon which they place beads and some of them fix
two or three small carved pieces of bone (in the form of an image) upon
the upper part, and on one side’ Ellis (1782) II, 47.

This engraving is from, Cook & King, Troisieme voyage de Cook, ou journal d’une expédition faite dans la Mer Pacifique du Sud & du Nord, en 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 & 1780. Traduit de l’anglois.Paris, Pissot & Laporte, 1782.  

English version edition was 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)

John Webber was an 18th century artist, best known for his work as the official artist on Captain James Cook's third and final voyage to the Pacific in 1776-1780. He was born in London, England in 1751 and was trained as an artist. Webber accompanied Cook on his voyage as the official artist, tasked with creating drawings and paintings of the places and people they encountered. He produced many illustrations and sketches that were used to make engravings for inclusion in the official account of the voyage, published after Cook's death. Webber was required to "give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description." Webber's illustrations and engravings of the Pacific islands and their inhabitants are considered some of the most accurate and detailed depictions of the region from that time. They provide an important record of the places and people encountered by Cook and his crew, and are valuable for understanding the culture and daily life of the people of the Pacific during the 18th century. He died in London in 1793, after having returned from the voyage, but his work continues to be recognised as an important historical record of the voyage and of the art of his time. Webber's oeuvre from the voyage was the most comprehensive record of sights in the Pacific region ever produced.

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