A View of Huaheine
Artist: John Webber
Engraver: William Bryne
Printed by: Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This is a superior reproduction of the original antique copperplate engraving that was published by Strahan & Cadell in 1784. Taken from original field drawings by John Webber, Cook's artist on his third and final voyage of discovery into the Pacific, this pictorial illustrates the welcoming of Cook's ships as they pulled into Owharre Harbor on the island of Huaheine.
Of particular interest is the intricate detail in the engraving of the tropical setting and the natives in their traditional canoes.
In choosing John Webber as his artist for the voyage, Captain Cook wrote, "Mr. Webber was pitched upon, and engaged to embark with me, for the express purpose of supplying the unavoidable imperfections of written accounts, by enabling us to preserve, and to bring home, such drawings of the most memorable scenes of our transactions, as could be expected by a professed and skilled artist." *
We custom-print this facsimile on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.
* Cook's Journal, January 1779