Print 'A View of the Habitations in Nootka Sound' (Canada) from Cpt. James Cook's trip @1784

Print titled 'A View of the HABITATIONS in NOOTKA SOUND.'

At top 'London: Publish'd as the Act directs, by Alexr Hogg, at the Kings Arms, No. 16, Paternoster Row.

Extracted from "New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive, Full and Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages" by George W. Anderson (pseudonym for Hogg) 1784

Copper engraving.

Mounted (glued) to thin foam-core board.

26 x 24.5 cm

Stain UR corner, age browning around borders especially top, rust spots, paper wrinkle UR corner, small paper loss LR corner.

 

After an original drawing by the HMS Resolution ship's artist John Webber (1751-1793) on James Cook's third and final voyage from the New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive, Full and Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages published serially between 1784 and 1786.  The historically important drawing was sketched in April 1778 during Cook's visit to Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island when Webber accompanied Cook to the village of Yuquot - this voyage was the first known European visit to Yuquot - and records an interior view of the dwellings of the Nuu-chah-nulth indigenous peoples. 

Webber was recommended to the Admiralty for appointment as artist for the voyage by the Swedish botanist Daniel Carlsson Solander (1733-1782) who had accompanied Cook on his first voyage.  Just 24 years old when he joined the Resolution at Plymouth one week prior to departure,  Webber's skill in both portraiture and landscape resulted in a visual record of Cook's third voyage that is unsurpassed in the annals of 18th century exploration.  In their monumental four-volume work The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages authors Rüdiger Joppien and Bernard Smith observe that Webber's relationship with Cook was unique, noting that:

"Cook clearly had it in mind on this voyage to publish his own account on his return and it is also clear that he regarded Webber as his visual collaborator in that undertaking from the beginning... Webber is frequently on the spot with Cook and often depicts incidents, scenes or portraits of individuals mentioned by Cook in his journal... In Webber's drawings with their emphasis upon description, the recording of notable events, and linear accuracy, we may perhaps see something of Cook's guiding hand..."

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