C1784

Tereoboo, King of Owyhee, bringing Presents to Capt. Cook.

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. After laying anchor … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Tereoboo, King of Owyhee, bringing Presents to Capt. Cook.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

395mm 
x 255mm

Paper Size: 

460mm 
x 285mm
AUTHENTICITY
Tereoboo, King of Owyhee, bringing Presents to Capt. Cook. - 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.

After laying anchor in Kealakekua Bay on 27 January 1779, the Big Island high chief, Kalaniopuu, identified as Tereoboo in the title of this engraving, is pictured in transit on his way to visit Cook aboard the Resolution.

He is portrayed in a feather cloak, standing toward the front of the lead outrigger. He is accompanied by a number of kahuna, or temple priests, including the high priest, Kao. Gifts of pigs and produce are carried in the canoe to right of the lead canoe. The canoe in the left foreground carries four temple images.’ Cook Journals III, i, 512.

‘At noon on January 26, 1779, Tereoboo, in a large canoe attended by two others, set out from the village and paddled towards the ships in great state. As they went along, those in the center canoe kept singing with much solemnity, from which we concluded that the procession had some of their religious ceremonies mixed with it. But instead of going on board, they came to our side. Their appearance was very grand.’

Beddie 1743-61, p.342, Joppien 3.298A, ill.p.530

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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