C1784

Summer and Winter Habitations, in Kamtschatka.

Kamtschatka is a Oblast (district) and a peninsula in the Asiatic part of Russia. This view shows native summer houses on the peninsula of Petropawlowsk. ‘The Balagans are rudely built in the shape of a Cone with a broad base, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Summer and Winter Habitations, in Kamtschatka.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

400mm 
x 245mm
AUTHENTICITY
Summer and Winter Habitations, in Kamtschatka. - Antique Print from 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

Kamtschatka is a Oblast (district) and a peninsula in the Asiatic part of Russia. This view shows native summer houses on the peninsula of Petropawlowsk.

‘The Balagans are rudely built in the shape of a Cone with a broad base, upon the Top of a Stage supported by pillars about 4 yards high, upon which they ascend by a ladder or a thick piece of Wood with steps cut in it. The Joorta is built partly underground & the roof covered with Earth. The Entrance to these was formerly at the Top, but since the Russians have been here they make the Door at the side. The Balagan being the Chief residence of the Kamatschadales.’ Cook Journals III, 2, 1258.

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.

Beddie 1743-77, p.343, Joppien 3.361A, ill.p.584

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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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