1784 A Man of Oonalashka
This superb reproduction of the original antique copperplate engraving of “A Man of Oonalashka” was published in 1784 by Strahan & Cadell of London. Taken from actual field drawings by John Webber, the official artist of Cook’s third and final voyage of discovery, this image was engraved by J. Hall and S. Middleman. After discovering the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Archipelago), Captain James Cook sailed north searching for the Northwest Passage while charting the Bering Sea, where John Webber, the official artist on the expedition, recorded this scene of natives around Samgoonoodha Harbour (English Bay), in July 1778. According to Cook’s journals “They are of a copper complexion with a strong red in their Cheeks, their hair is black and coarse which they tye behind in a large Club; they have their Cheeks and chins tattawed or marked and likewise their arms, their cheek bones are high like a Scotchman’s with this difference that they are all well covered with Flesh, which makes their faces broad & plump; their eyes are black & small and not at right angles with the Nose but slanting obliquely upwards. They are all cloathed in a seal skin Frock which reaches from their Necks down to their Feet & the Sleeves reach to the Hand, so that they are entirely covered except their Faces and hands, they wear nothing on their Heads”
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 represent the finest of 18th century engraving. Subsequent translations of Cook’s Voyages were published in various European languages, however, none were to match the original English edition in quality and artistic excellence. 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.
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1784 A Man of Oonalashka