C1777

Otoo King of O-Taheite.

Rare engraving of the Tahitian king, O-Too from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. Cook noted, ‘the tallest man whom we saw on the whole island which he governs, measuring six feet and three … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Otoo King of O-Taheite.

Date:

C1777

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

195mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

225mm 
x 283mm
AUTHENTICITY
Otoo King of O-Taheite. - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare engraving of the Tahitian king, O-Too from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage.

Cook noted, ‘the tallest man whom we saw on the whole island which he governs, measuring six feet and three inches in height. His head, not withstanding a certain gloominess which seemed to express a fearful disposition had a majestic and intelligent air, and there was great expression in his full black eyes. He wore strong whiskers, which with his beard, and a prodigious growth of curled hair, were all of a jetty black.‘ (Forster 1777, I, 326-7 ) from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage.

Cook visited Tahiti for the second time 22 April to 14 May 1774.

From Cook, J., A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. London

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 1381-38, p.599
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974 : 358.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967 : 16245.
Joppien, R & Smith, B. The art of Captain Cook’s Three Voyages, Vol. II Melbourne 1987: 2.54A, ill. p. 168

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 90039
National Library New Zealand: NLNZ ALMA 997580383502836
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74VvMokVOlGA / 74VvMoxg6JJX
Yale University Library & Art Gallery: G420 C66 1777

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

William Hodges was born in London, the only son of Ann and Charles Hodges, a blacksmith of St. James's Market London. They encouraged their son's talent for drawing and placed him in William Shipley's drawing school at Castle Court in the Strand. Joining Richard Wilson as an apprentice in 1758, he was required to assist his master 'in dead colouring and the forwarding of pictures'. A short period of study under Wilson and Cipriani at the Duke of Richmond's Gallery developed his style for classical composition. He was appointed artist on the Resolution and left Plymouth on 13 July 1772 and returned on 29 July 1775.

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