C1819

View in Macao, including the residence Camoens, when he wrote his Lusiad.

Very rare large aquatint view of Macau by John Webber, who was the official artist on Cook’s third voyage. This aquatint is from Webber’s, Views in the South Seas, which is considered to be the most beautiful series that resulted … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View in Macao, including the residence Camoens, when he wrote his Lusiad.

Date:

C1819

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original aquatint, with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

445mm 
x 330mm
AUTHENTICITY
View in Macao, including the residence Camoens, when he wrote his Lusiad. - Antique View from 1819

Genuine antique
dated:

1819

Description:

Very rare large aquatint view of Macau by John Webber, who was the official artist on Cook’s third voyage. This aquatint is from Webber’s, Views in the South Seas, which is considered to be the most beautiful series that resulted from Cooks three voyages. Published April 1, 1809. Printed on Whatman watermarked paper dated 1819.

Webber painted A View in Macao when the two ships, Resolution and Discovery, were on their return journey from North America after Cook had been killed in Hawaii in 1779. The ships anchored at the Portuguese colony in order to take on supplies. The views shows the mountainous landscape of Macau and its title refers the home of the 16th-century poet Luis de Camoens, who wrote a celebrated Homeric epic there.

 

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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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