C1784

Natives of Oonalashka, and their Habitations.

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality. Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Natives of Oonalashka, and their Habitations.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

410mm 
x 255mm
AUTHENTICITY
Natives of Oonalashka, and their Habitations. - Antique Print from 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.

Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), Unalaska, Cook’s first visit 28 June to July, 1778.

‘the Houses were not to be seen till we came in sight of the Indian Town lying in a low Valley close to the Water Side which there forms a deep Bay….the Houses were not to be seen till we came close upon them, & then we were much surprised at finding small Hillocks of earth & dirt scattered about here & there with a hole in the top of them, through which we descended down a Ladder made of a thick piece of wood with steps cut into it.’ Cook, Journals III, 2, 1122-3

Beddie 1743-57, p.341, Joppien 3.2927A, ill.p.523

From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere….

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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