C1785

Un Ours Blanc

Polar Bears encountered by the ships 18 July 1779 off the coast of Alaska, between present day Wainwright and Point Lay.  (N70.11°, E197.4°) ‘About nine in the evening, a white bear was seen swimming close by the Discovery; it afterward … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Un Ours Blanc

Date:

C1785

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

190mm 
x 235mm

Frame Size: 

355mm 
x 295mm
AUTHENTICITY
Un Ours Blanc - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Polar Bears encountered by the ships 18 July 1779 off the coast of
Alaska, between present day Wainwright and Point Lay.  (N70.11°,
E197.4°)

‘About nine in the evening, a white bear was seen swimming close by the Discovery; it afterward made to the ice, on which were also two others.’ King/Cook III, 3, p.251.

From the French edition of Cook’s voyages.

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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