C1785

Interieur D'un Hippah De La Nouvelle Zelande.

Artist:

John Webber (1775 - 1793)

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Full Title:

Interieur D’un Hippah De La Nouvelle Zelande.

Date:

C1785

Artist:

John Webber (1775 - 1793)

Condition:

In good condition, with fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

370mm 
x 240mm

Description:

The inside of a Hippah, in New Zealand, French edition engraving first issued in the third voyage accounts.

The pā shown is probably the fortified village on the island of Motuara, visited by Cook on 15 February and by Anderson on 20 February, 1777. The view is taken looking north with Motuara in the background. It was visited by Cook on his first voyage, then Furneaux on the second voyage where he established his winter quarters and William Bayly’s his observatory. Between the second and third voyage, the pā had been rebuilt but was again deserted. This gave Webber an opportunity to also sketch it from the inside.

‘I made an excursion in my boat to look for grass, and visited the Hippah or fortified Village at the SW point of Motuara, and the places w[h]ere our Gardens were on that island. There were no people at the former but the houses and pallisades were rebuilt and in good order and had been inhabited not long before.’ Cook Journals III, I, 62.

Biography:

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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