C1785

Pirogue de Guerre de la Novelle Zelande.

Parkinson’s famous image of an ornately carved Maori war canoe with high stern on the right, eight occupants standing and about twenty eight seated. All figures wear feathers in their hair and six are cloaked. Rare engraving from the French … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Pirogue de Guerre de la Novelle Zelande.

Date:

C1785

Condition:

In good condition, folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

335mm 
x 195mm

Paper Size: 

375mm 
x 253mm
AUTHENTICITY
Pirogue de Guerre de la Novelle Zelande. - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Parkinson’s famous image of an ornately carved Maori war canoe with high stern on the right, eight occupants standing and about twenty eight seated. All figures wear feathers in their hair and six are cloaked. Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage. published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

The title in the English versions was:

A War Canoe of New Zealand with a view of Gable End Foreland.

‘The ingenuity of these people appears in nothing more than than in their canoes: they are long and narrow, and in shape much resemble a New England whale boat: the larger sort seem to be built chiefly for war, and will carry from forty to eighty, or an hundred armed men. We measured one which lay at Tolaga: she was sixty-eight feet and an half long, five feet broad, and three half feet deep; the bottom was sharp, with strait sides like a wedge, and consisted of three lengths, hollowed out about two inches, or an inch and half thick, and well fastened together with strong plaiting: each side consisted of one entire plank, sixty-three feet long, ten or twelve inches broad, and about an inch and quarter thick and these were fitted and lashed to the bottom part with great dexterity and strength.’ Hawkesworth I, p.462-464, March 1770.

‘During this time they brandish their spears, hack the air with their patoos and shake their darts as if they meant every moment to begin the attack, singing all the time in a wild but not disagreeable manner and ending every strain with a loud and deep fetchd sigh in which they all join in concert. The whole is accompanied by strokes struck against the sides of the Boats & with their feet, Paddles and arms, the whole in such excellent time that tho the crews of several Canoes join in concert you rarely or never hear a single stroke wrongly placd. (Banks Journal II, 29, March 1770.)

From Hawkesworth, Relation des Voyages Entrepris par ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique Actuallement Regnante:…..,..

Reference, Beddie 660, p.124, Joppien, 1.142B ill.p.201 (English edition)

Sydney Parkinson (1745 - 1771)

Sydney Parkinson (17451771) Parkinson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and from an early age his artistic abilities were noticed. He was employed by Joseph Banks in London before joining him and Daniel Solander on James Cook’s Endeavour on a circumnavigation of the globe (1768-1771) as a botanical draughtsman. During the voyage, he made at least 1,300 drawings and paintings. Parkinson was the first European to draw eucalypts. On the return voyage, he died in Batavia.

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