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.
“To all appearance, they are the most peaceable, inoffensive people, I ever met with. And, as to honesty,
they might serve as a pattern to the most civilized nation upon earth. These people are rather low of
stature, but plump and well shaped; with rather short necks; swarthy chubby faces; black eyes; small
beards; and long, straight, black hair; which the men wear loose behind, and cut before, but the women tie up in a bunch. Some of them wear boots, and all of them have a kind of oval snouted cap, made of wood, with a rim to admit the head. These caps are dyed with green and other colours; and round the upper part of the rim, are stuck the long bristles of some sea-animal, on which are strung glass beads; and on the front is a small image or two made of bone”.
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Paper Size: 10¾”x7½” Image Size: 8¾”x7½” Condition: Excellent Price: $11,500
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