Rare 18th Century Original 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.
“Their method of building is as follows: They dig, in the ground, an oblong square pit, the length of
which seldom exceeds fifty feet, and the breadth twenty; but in general the dimensions are smaller.
Over this excavation they form the roof of wood which the sea throws ashore. This roof is covered first with grass, and then with earth; so that the outward appearance is like a dunghill. In the middle of the roof, toward each end, is left a square opening, by which the light is admitted; one of these openings being for this purpose only, and the other being also used to go in and out by, with the help of a ladder, or rather a post, with steps cut in it. In some houses there is another entrance below; but this is not common.”
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Paper Size: 10¾”x15¾” Image Size: 8¾”x14½” Condition: Excellent Price: $9,500
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