C1785

Espece de Massue des Habitans de la Nouvelle Zelande appellees Patou-patous vus de cote…..

Artist:

John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

French edition of [Bludgeons, used as weapons by the New Zealanders, and called patoo-patoos, as seen on the side, the edge, and the end.] from Cook’s first voyage account The French edition of the accounts were published (1774) the year … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Espece de Massue des Habitans de la Nouvelle Zelande appellees Patou-patous vus de cote…..

Date:

C1785

Artist:

John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 190mm
AUTHENTICITY
Espece de Massue des Habitans de la Nouvelle Zelande appellees Patou-patous vus de cote..... - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

French edition of [Bludgeons, used as weapons by the New Zealanders, and called patoo-patoos, as seen on the side, the edge, and the end.] from Cook’s first voyage account The French edition of the accounts were published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

Patoo from New Zealand.

‘a short weapon of green talk…intended doubtless for fighting hand to hand and certainly well contrived for splitting skulls as it weigh[s] not less than 4 or 5 pounds and has sharp edges excellently polishd.’

‘they are of different shapes, some like an old fashioned chopping knife… always however having sharp edges and a suffecient weight to make a second blow unnescessary if the first takes place’ in these they seemd to put their cheif dependance, fastening them by a strong strap to their wrists least they should be wrenchd from them.’ (Banks, Journal I, 406)

Reference; Beddie 932-14, p.176, Joppien 1.155A ill.p.209 (English edition)

From From: Hawkesworth, Relation des voyages entrepris par ordre de Sa Majeste britannique actuellement regnante

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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