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.
Cook visited the Chukotski Peninsula, Siberia 10 August 1778 while on his search for the Northwest Passage.
They were welcomed by the Chukchi people. European knives, beads and tobacco were traded for Chukchi clothes, gloves and arrows. Although on shore for only a few hours, Webber was able to sketch details of the clothing, huts and pet dogs, all of which he incorporated into this picture.
Cook describes the tents of the Chukchi, which are summer huts, 'pretty large, and circular and brought to a point at the top; the framing was of slight poles and bones, covered with the skins of Sea animals...' Cook Journals III, i, 413.
Beddie 1743-51, p.342, Joppien 3.271A, ill.p.504
From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere....