C1784

The Inside of a House, in Oonalashka.

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. Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Inside of a House, in Oonalashka.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

405mm 
x 255mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Inside of a House, in Oonalashka. - 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.

Samgoonoodha, (English Bay), Unalaska, Cook’s first visit 28 June to July, 1778.

‘Descending the Ladder we were brought into a Passage about four foot wide which intersects the House from one end to the other….at one end of this Passage close to the foot of the Ladder is the fire place. On each side and at each end of this passage are the Apartments where they sit & work in the day time and sleep at Night: these are something wider than the passage & sunk in the ground about a half a foot lower and are covered with matts.’ Cook, Journals III, 1, 1123

Beddie 1743-58, p.341, Joppien 3.257AA, ill.p.493

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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