C1773

[Fly flaps South Sea Isles]

Artist:

John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

Rare engraving of a fly whisk from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage. Depicted is a fly whisk with ‘Janus’ figures on the handles from Rurutu one of the Austral Islands, Windward Islands … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Fly flaps South Sea Isles]

Date:

C1773

Artist:

John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

187mm 
x 225mm

Paper Size: 

213mm 
x 285mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Fly flaps South Sea Isles] - Antique Print from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

Rare engraving of a fly whisk from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage.

Depicted is 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.

Reference:
Joppien 1.94A ill. pp.155

From: Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken By the Order of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Artist:

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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