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.
“A family of the Natives came near to the place where we were taking off wood; I know not how many
there were at first, I saw no more than a Man, his wife and child. The dwellings of these people were
seated close to the beach. They consist simply of a sloping roof, without any side-walls, composed of
logs, and covered with grass and earth. The floor is also laid with logs; the entrance is at one end; the
fire-place just within it; and a small hole is made near the door to let out the smoke”.
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Paper Size:10¾”x14¾” Image Size: 8¾”x14½” Condition: Excellent Price: $10,500
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