Rare Original 18th Century Watercolor
This is undoubtedly one of the earliest student drawings from Cook’s Third Voyage. It is dated Aug 1784, the same month and year as the publication of Cook’s Third Voyage.Full provenance accompanies this remarkable 222 year old masterpiece of ethnographic art.
“I saw not a woman with a head dress of any kind, they had all long black hair a part of which was
tied up in a bunch over the forehead….though the lips of all were not slit, yet all were bored, especially
the women and even the young girls; to these holes and slits they fix pieces of bone of this size and
shape, placed side by side in the inside of the lip; a thread is run through them to keep them
together…This Ornament is a very great impediment to the Speech.”
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Paper Size: 10¾”x9½” Image Size: 9”x7½” Condition: Excellent Price: $12,500
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