C1784

Various Articles, at Nootka Sound.

Artist:

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

$A 125

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S/N: CK03E-2306-CAN–219556
(F27)

Full Title:

Various Articles, at Nootka Sound.

Date:

C1784

Artist:

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

280mm 
x 205mm

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.

All of the artifacts illustrated except for no.2 (Alaskan) are of decoys or head masks, used by the natives of Nootka. 

1. A bird, made of wood hollow, with stones in the inside, which the natives shake when they dance. (Rattle)

2. A seal’s head, made of wood, worn upon the head. (Alaskan seal decoy)

3. A bird’s head, made of wood and feathers, also worn upon the head. (Bird mask)

4. Another worn upon the head, and ornamented with green talc. (Bird mask)

‘The men on some occasions wore Masks of which they have many and of various sorts such as the human face, the head of birds and other Animals, the most of them both well designed and executed…The rattles are for the most part made in the shape of a bird, with a few pebble stones in the belly and the tail is the handle..’ Cook’s Journals III, i,314-315

Beddie 1743-40, p.341, Joppien 3.231A, ill.p.469

From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere….

Biography:

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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