C1785

Vue d'un Rocher troue de la Nouvelle Zelande. [New Zealand]

Artist:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1730 - 1771)

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Full Title:

Vue d’un Rocher troue de la Nouvelle Zelande. [New Zealand]

Date:

C1785

Artist:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1730 - 1771)

Condition:

Small spot below title, otherwise in good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

160mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Vue d'un Rocher troue de la Nouvelle Zelande. [New Zealand] - Antique View from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

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Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

The title in the English versions was:

[A view of a perforated rock in Tolaga Bay in New Zealand].

View of Arched Rock, Tolaga Bay, on New Zealand’s north-east coast of the North Island. Cook visited the area in 1769.

Sporing, the artist, has depicted the Endeavours’ pinnance, which was moving about the bay on the same day in the process of wooding and watering the ship. The discovery of the view was recorded ‘We saw an extraordinary natural curiosity. In pursuing a valley bounded on each side by steep hills we on a sudden saw a most noble arch or Cavern through the face of a rock leading directly to the sea, so that through it we had not only a view of the bay and hills on the other side but an opportunity of imagining a ship or any other grand object opposite it. It was certainly the most magnificent surprize. I have ever met with so much is pure nature superior to art in these cases‘ Banks, Jornal I, 419, 419, 24 October 1769.

Reference: Beddie 660, p.124, Joppien 1.113B ill. pp. 173 (English edition)

From Hawkesworth, Relation des Voyages Entrepris par ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique Actuallement Regnante:…..

Artist:

Herman Diedrich Sporing (1730-1771) 

Born in Sweden, his father held the senior Chair of Medicine at Abo where Herman studied medicine from 1748-1753. He then went to Stockholm to practice surgery, but left for London in about 1735. Solander says he ‘went to sea’ but it isn’t known in what capacity whether it was as a ship’s surgeon or able seaman. Sporing also worked as a watch maker for eleven years and while on theEndeavourhis skill in repairing instruments was highly valued. Sporing made numerous drawings of coastal profiles and topographical scenes which had previously been attributed incorrectly to Parkinson.

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