C1774

Tete d’un Guerrier de la Nouvelle Zelande.

Rare portrait of a Maori from the Frnch edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773). The title in the English version was: [The head of a New Zealander, with a comb … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Tete d’un Guerrier de la Nouvelle Zelande.

Date:

C1774

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

168mm 
x 203mm

Paper Size: 

194mm 
x 253mm
AUTHENTICITY
Tete d'un Guerrier de la Nouvelle Zelande. - Antique Print from 1774

Genuine antique
dated:

1774

Description:

Rare portrait of a Maori from the Frnch edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

The title in the English version was: [The head of a New Zealander, with a comb in his hair, an ornament of green stone in his ear, and another of a fish’s hook round his neck.]

A portrait of Otegoowgoow or (Otegoongoon), the son of a chief from the Bay of Islands. He was wounded by a shot in the fracas with Cook and his party on 29 November 1769. Banks met the man on 3 December, noting;

‘They hung to them by strings many very different thing[s], often chissels or bodkins made of a green talk…. or the tooth of a whale cut slauntwise, so as something to resemble a tongue, and furnished with two eyes; these they wore about their necks and seemed to Value almost above everything else’. (Banks, Journal II, 17.)

Reference; Beddie 659, p.124

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

Collections:
Te Papa: Registration Number1992-0035-2079

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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