An Inland View, in Atooi
Artist: John Webber
Engraver: S. Middiman
Printed by: Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
Cook and his men were warmly received during their visit to Kauai, and the native Hawaiians were eager to trade and to offer their support.
In this image, two natives are shown rolling a wooden barrel filled with water toward the beach, while a crewman, center foreground, rolls an empty barrel toward the inland pond. Several other crewmen, muskets in hand and swords at their side, are bartering with the natives.
According to Cook, "We no sooner landed than a trade was set on foot for hogs and potatoes, which the people gave us in exchange for nails and pieces of iron formed into something like chisels. We met with no obstructions in watering, on the contrary the Natives assisted our people to roll the casks to and from the pond." *
In general, this idyllic scene represents an image of serenity and prosperity consistent with Cook's observations about the native lifestyle that he found in his travels about the islands. It also is indicative of Webber's keen eye for detail.
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 21, 1778