C1785

Emouchoir des Otahitiens avec fes manches. [Fly flaps South Sea Isles]

Artist:

John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

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Full Title:

Emouchoir des Otahitiens avec fes manches. [Fly flaps South Sea Isles]

Date:

C1785

Artist:

John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

Engraver:

Bernard 

Condition:

One small worm hole lower left corner, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

185mm 
x 235mm

Description:

Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage.

A fly whisk with ‘Janus’ figures on the handles from Rurutu one of the Austral Islands, Windward Islands part of the Society Islands. Situated 570kms from Tahiti.

From Hawkesworth, Relation des Voyages Entrepris par ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique Actuallement Regnante:

Reference: Joppien 1.94A ill. pp.155

Biography:

John Frederick Miller (1759-1796)

John Miller was the son of Johann Muller, an engraver from Nuremberg, who settled in England in 1744. Of his twenty-seven children, two sons followed in their father’s career. It was probably through Banks acquaintance with his father that John Frederick came into Banks employment. He was given the task of making drawings of artefacts collected by Banks and others on the Endeavour’s voyage, and was to have accompanied Banks as a natural history draughtsman on Cook’s second voyage to the Pacific, on the Resolution, together with his brother James. 

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