C1785

Danse De Nuit Executee Par Les Hommes De Hapaee. [Tonga]

Rare engraving from the French edition of Cook’s voyages of a scene in Lifuka, Tonga, 20 May 1777, with James Cook and two sailorsto his left with their backs to the viewer seated amongst a circle of Tongan men and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Danse De Nuit Executee Par Les Hommes De Hapaee. [Tonga]

Date:

C1785

Condition:

Small repaired tear to lower sheet, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

385mm 
x 225mm

Paper Size: 

402mm 
x 270mm
AUTHENTICITY
Danse De Nuit Executee Par Les Hommes De Hapaee. [Tonga] - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Rare engraving from the French edition of Cook’s voyages of a scene in Lifuka, Tonga, 20 May 1777, with James Cook and two sailorsto his left with their backs to the viewer seated amongst a circle of
Tongan men and watching a large group of men performing a dance, lit by tapers held by the watchers.

By contrast to the women dancers, the two male groups did not move towards each other but divided on either side of the chorus.

‘They sometimes sung slowly in conjunction with the chorus during which they made several very fine motions with their hands but different from those of the women, at the same time, inclining the body to either side alternately by raising one leg which was stretch’d outwards and resting on the other, the arm of the same side being also stretch’d fully upwards’.

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. 

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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