Death of Captain Cook
First Images of Hawaii from Webber’s, on the spot, artist renderings from Cook’s Voyages.
These copperplate engravings from the first British editions of Cook’s Voyages contain the first maps, chartings and views of the heretofore undiscovered islands of Oceanica, and are among the most important pictorial representations of this area published in the 18th Century.
These historic documents were engraved by the finest and most proficient engravers of the period. The production of the plates was overseen by Francesco Bartolozzi, the acknowledged master of 18th century stipple engraving and personal favorite of George III of England. These images were recorded directly from the field drawings made on the spot by Sydney Parkinson (1st Voyage), William Hodges (2nd Voyage), and John Webber (3rd Voyage).
The official British Admiralty editions of Cook’s Voyages were published over an eleven year span, and sold by subscription to a privileged and appreciative public. The quality of this publication was unsurpassed, and the plates included herein represent the best of the best of 18th century engraving. Subsequent translations of Cook’s Voyages were published in various European languages, however, none were to match these original English edition in production quality or artistic excellence.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
Death of Captain Cook