C1784

Views on the west coast of America.

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. Nootka Sound, Vancouver … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Views on the west coast of America.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

Two small repairs at left hand side sheet edge, otherwise in good condition with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

460mm 
x 220mm
AUTHENTICITY
Views on the west coast of America. - 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.

Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Coastal views of the northwest coast of North America made by John Webber when Captain James Cook explored the area 29 March to 26 April 1778.

View when Table Hill bore E b[y] N 1/2 N
Alaska – View when Mount Edgecumbe bore NW b[y] N, 8 lea[gue]s dist.
Vancouver Island, Canada – View of the Entrance of Nootka Sound when the N. point of the Entrance bore E., dis. 4 miles
Alaska – View when Mount St. Elias bore N.W. b W, 20 leagues
Alaska – View of Kayes Island the S. End bearing W.S.W., 8 or 9 leags.
Alaska – View of Kaye’s Island bearing from S.W. b W to N.W. 1/2 distant from the nearest part, 3 1/2 leagues
Alaska – View of Kaye’s Island when the S. End bore N., 2 miles dist. ; NB.a, in the last three views, is the same island
Alaska – View of the Land of Prince Williams Sound taken from the first anchoring to the northward of Cape Hinchingbrook.

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)

John Webber was an 18th century artist, best known for his work as the official artist on Captain James Cook's third and final voyage to the Pacific in 1776-1780. He was born in London, England in 1751 and was trained as an artist. Webber accompanied Cook on his voyage as the official artist, tasked with creating drawings and paintings of the places and people they encountered. He produced many illustrations and sketches that were used to make engravings for inclusion in the official account of the voyage, published after Cook's death. Webber was required to "give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description." Webber's illustrations and engravings of the Pacific islands and their inhabitants are considered some of the most accurate and detailed depictions of the region from that time. They provide an important record of the places and people encountered by Cook and his crew, and are valuable for understanding the culture and daily life of the people of the Pacific during the 18th century. He died in London in 1793, after having returned from the voyage, but his work continues to be recognised as an important historical record of the voyage and of the art of his time. Webber's oeuvre from the voyage was the most comprehensive record of sights in the Pacific region ever produced.

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