C1777

Woman of New Zealand.

Rare c.18th engraving of a female Maori, from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. This is the first and most superior issue of Cook’s engravings. Hodges made the portrait for this engraving at … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Woman of New Zealand.

Date:

C1777

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

175mm 
x 225mm

Paper Size: 

227mm 
x 292mm
AUTHENTICITY
Woman of New Zealand. - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare c.18th engraving of a female Maori, from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. This is the first and most superior issue of Cook’s engravings.

Hodges made the portrait for this engraving at Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, on Cook’s first visit to the Sound, during the second voyage 12 May to 6 June 1773.

From Cook’s, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 1381-58, p.269.
Joppien,R. & Smith, B. The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages; Vol. I, II & III. Melbourne 1985-1987: 2.36A, ill.p.156.


James Cook (1728 - 1779)

Cook was the most important navigator of the Age of Enlightenment, a period that saw the mystery of the Southland resolved, the discovery of New Zealand, Hawaii, numerous Pacific Islands and confirmation that a Northwest Passage did not exist. Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, the son of a Scottish labourer and apprenticeship for three years under John Walker, a Quaker coal-shipper of Whitby. In 1755 Walker offered him a command, but instead Cook joined HMS Eagle and within a month was master's mate. After two years on the Channel service, he was promoted master of the Pembroke, and in 1758 crossed the Atlantic in her and took part in the siege of Louisburg and the survey of the St Lawrence River that led to the capture of Quebec. Returning to England in 1762 he married Elizabeth Batts (1742-1832?) of Shadwell, whom he was to rarely see in the ensuing years at sea. Cook then famously commanded three voyages that ended with his death on the island of Hawaii on 14 February 1779.

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