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Title

Plates to Cook's voyage

1784


Artists

Various

United Kingdom

after John Webber

England

1752 - 1793


About

John Webber was born in London, of Swiss descent. In the spring of 1776 he showed three works at the Royal Academy's annual exhibition, where they attracted the attention of Dr Daniel Solander, President of the Royal Society and a friend and colleague of botanist Joseph Banks. Both had sailed with Captain James Cook on his first voyage of exploration in the Pacific aboard the 'Endeavour', and were looking for a suitable artist to accompany them on a third trip. Solander recommended Webber to the Admiralty, and he was appointed almost immediately.

The voyage commenced on 12 July 1776. Upon his return to London in 1780, Webber submitted about 200 finished works to the Admiralty, which he had made on the voyage. From autumn 1780 until summer 1784, he re-drew many of the drawings and supervized the engravers and printers who were preparing the images for publication, under the direction of Lord Sandwich ... The Gallery's copy was in the collection of Lord Hobart, after whom Hobart, Tasmania was named and who was the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from March 1801 to May 1804.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints in the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998


Details


Other Title

James Cook and James King, A voyage to the Pacific Ocean performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolutions and Discovery...1776-1780 (Cook's fatal third voyage), London, 1785


Date

1784


Media categories

Print , Book


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

39.6 cm x 54.4 cm (each sheet) :

1 - A view of Christmas Harbour, in Kerguellen's Land, Newton engraver; 22.2 x 38 cm; image

1 - A view of Christmas Harbour, in Kerguellen's Land, Newton engraver; 26.4 x 40.5 cm; platemark

2 - A man on Van Diemen's Land, J Caldwell engraver; 22.3 x 17.8 cm; image

2 - A man on Van Diemen's Land, J Caldwell engraver; 28.4 x 22.1 cm; platemark

3 - A woman of Van Diemen's land, J Caldwell engraver; 23 x 17.9 cm; image

3 - A woman of Van Diemen's land, J Caldwell engraver; 28.2 x 22.3 cm; platemark

4 - An opossum of Van Diemen's Land, P. Mezell engraver; 15 x 23.9 cm; image

4 - An opossum of Van Diemen's Land, P. Mezell engraver; 21.5 x 27 cm; platemark

5 - The Infide of a Hippa, in New Zealand, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 22.3 x 38 cm; image

5 - The Infide of a Hippa, in New Zealand, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 25.1 x 40.6 cm; platemark

6 - A Man of Mangea, W. Sharp engraver; 22.6 x 17.9 cm; image

6 - A Man of Mangea, W. Sharp engraver; 30.6 x 24 cm; platemark

7 - A View at Anamooka, W. Byrne engraver; 21.6 x 49.6 cm; image

7 - A View at Anamooka, W. Byrne engraver; 26.4 x 52.8 cm; platemark

8 - The reception of Captain Cook, in Hapaee, Heath engraver; 22.5 x 37.9 cm; image

8 - The reception of Captain Cook, in Hapaee, Heath engraver; 25.8 x 40.5 cm; platemark

9 - A boxing match, in Hapaee, I.Taylor engraver; 23 x 18.1 cm; image

9 - A boxing match, in Hapaee, I.Taylor engraver; 30.3 x 22.5 cm; platemark

10 - A night dance by men, in Hapaee, Wm Sharp engraver; 22 x 38.7 cm; image

10 - A night dance by men, in Hapaee, Wm Sharp engraver; 41 x 27 cm; platemark

11 - A night dance by women, in Hapee, W. Sharp engraver; 22.3 x 38.3 cm; image

11 - A night dance by women, in Hapee, W. Sharp engraver; 41 x 27 cm; platemark

12 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, J.Hall engraver; 23.2 x 18.1 cm; image

12 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, J.Hall engraver; 28.5 x 22.5 cm; platemark

13 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands drinking Kava, W.Sharp engraver; 26.1 x 38.2 cm; image

13 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands drinking Kava, W.Sharp engraver; 26.7 x 41.4 cm; platemark

14 - A Fiatooka, or Morai, in Tongataboo, W.Ellis engraver; 22.4 x 38 cm; image

14 - A Fiatooka, or Morai, in Tongataboo, W.Ellis engraver; 25.8 x 40.7 cm; platemark

15 - The Natche, a ceremony in honour of the king's son, in Tongataboo. J. Hall engraver; 25.1 x 46.7 cm; image

15 - The Natche, a ceremony in honour of the king's son, in Tongataboo. J. Hall engraver; 31.4 x 49 cm; platemark

16 - A woman of Eaoo, J.Hall engraver; 23.4 x 18 cm; image

16 - A woman of Eaoo, J.Hall engraver; 29 x 22.3 cm; platemark

17 - A human sacrifice, in a marai, in Otaheite, W.Woollett engraver; 24.5 x 46.7 cm; image

17 - A human sacrifice, in a marai, in Otaheite, W.Woollett engraver; 28.5 x 48.6 cm; platemark

18 - The body of Tee, a chief, as preserved after death, in Otaneite, W.Byrne engraver; 22.3 x 38 cm; image

18 - The body of Tee, a chief, as preserved after death, in Otaneite, W.Byrne engraver; 25.8 x 40.4 cm; platemark

19 - A young woman of Otaneite, bringing a present, E. Bartolozzi engraver; 22.6 x 16.2 cm; image

19 - A young woman of Otaneite, bringing a present, E. Bartolozzi engraver; 34.9 x 28.1 cm; platemark

20 - A dance in Otaheite, J.K.Sherwin engraver; 26.1 x 40.3 cm; image

21 - A young woman of Otaneite, dancing, J.K Sherwin engraver; 23 x 18 cm; platemark

21 - A young woman of Otaneite, dancing, J.K Sherwin engraver; 27.7 x 22.6 cm; image

22 - A view of Huaheine, W.Byrne engraver; 23.2 x 47 cm; platemark

22 - A view of Huaheine, W.Byrne engraver; 26.2 x 49.2 cm; image

23 - A Morai, in Atooi, Lerperner engraver; 22.6 x 37.8 cm; platemark

23 - A Morai, in Atooi, Lerperner engraver; 26.7 x 41 cm; image

24 - The inside of the house, in the Morai, in Atooi, Scott engraver; 18 x 24.5 cm; platemark

24 - The inside of the house, in the Morai, in Atooi, Scott engraver; 21.5 x 27.8 cm; image

25 - An inland view, in Atooi, S.Middiman engraver; 22 x 46.6 cm; platemark

25 - An inland view, in Atooi, S.Middiman engraver; 26 x 51.2 cm; image

26 - A man of Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 22.3 x 17.3 cm; platemark

26 - A man of Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 30.5 x 24.4 cm; image

27 - A woman of Nootka Sound, W. Sharp engraver; 23.2 x 17.6 cm; platemark

27 - A woman of Nootka Sound, W. Sharp engraver; 30.3 x 22.4 cm; image and platemark

28 - Various articles, at Nootka Sound, J. Record engraver; 20.4 x 27.7 cm; image

29 - A view of the habitation in Nootka Sound, S.Smith engraver; 21.9 x 37.4 cm; platemark

29 - A view of the habitation in Nootka Sound, S.Smith engraver; 25.7 x 40 cm; image

30 - The inside of a house in Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 22.5 x 37.5 cm; platemark

30 - The inside of a house in Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 27 x 40.5 cm; image

31 - A sea otter, Mazell engraver; 15.1 x 24.2 cm; platemark

31 - A sea otter, Mazell engraver; 19.8 x 26.8 cm; image

32 - A view of Snug Corner, in Prince William Sound, W. Ellis engraver; 22 x 37.3 cm; platemark

32 - A view of Snug Corner, in Prince William Sound, W. Ellis engraver; 25.3 x 40.4 cm; image

33 - A man of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 22.8 x 18.1 cm; platemark

33 - A man of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 30.8 x 24.2 cm; image

34 - A woman of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 23 x 18.2 cm; platemark

34 - A woman of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 30.9 x 24.1 cm; image

35 - A man of Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.4 x 17.5 cm; platemark

35 - A man of Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 30.4 x 24.3 cm; image

36 - A woman of Oonalashka, Delattre engraver; 23.2 x 17.4 cm; platemark

36 - A woman of Oonalashka, Delattre engraver; 28.4 x 21.7 cm; image

37 - Canoes of Oonalashka, W.Angus engraver; 17.6 x 24.5 cm; platemark

37 - Canoes of Oonalashka, W.Angus engraver; 20.7 x 26.5 cm; image

38 - The Tschuktschi, and their habitations, Lerpiniere engraver; 22.2 x 37.8 cm; platemark

38 - The Tschuktschi, and their habitations, Lerpiniere engraver; 25.6 x 40.5 cm; image

39 - Sea horses, E. Scott and J. Heath engravers; 22.4 x 37.4 cm; platemark

39 - Sea horses, E. Scott and J. Heath engravers; 37 x 41 cm; image

40 - Inhabitants of Norton Sound and their habitations, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 22.1 x 37.6 cm; platemark

40 - Inhabitants of Norton Sound and their habitations, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 25.3 x 39.8 cm; image/platemark

41 - Caps of the natives of Oonalashka, J. Record engraver; 28 x 20.9 cm; image

42 - Natives of Oonanlashka, and their habitations, J Hall and S. Middiman engravers; 22 x 37.7 cm; platemark

42 - Natives of Oonanlashka, and their habitations, J Hall and S. Middiman engravers; 25.8 x 41.4 cm; image

43 - The inside of a house, in Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 22 x 37.2 cm; platemark

43 - The inside of a house, in Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 25.7 x 40.3 cm; image

44 - An offering before Captain Cook, in the Sandwich Islands, Middiman and Hall engravers; 22.3 x 37.6 cm; platemark

44 - An offering before Captain Cook, in the Sandwich Islands, Middiman and Hall engravers; 26.2 x 40.8 cm; image

45 - Tereobou, King of Owyhee, bringing presents to Captain Cook, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 22.2 x 37.8 cm; platemark

45 - Tereobou, King of Owyhee, bringing presents to Captain Cook, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 25.9 x 40 cm; image

46 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, dancing, C.Grignion engraver; 24.6 x 17.9 cm; platemark

46 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, dancing, C.Grignion engraver; 30 x 20.8 cm; image

47 - A young woman of the Sandwich Islands, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 23.2 x 18.4 cm; platemark

47 - A young woman of the Sandwich Islands, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 29.1 x 22.8 cm; image

48 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, with his helmet, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 23 x 18.6 cm; platemark

48 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, with his helmet, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 29.3 x 22.9 cm; image

49 - A canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the rowers masked, C.Grignion engraver; 22.2 x 37.7 cm; platemark

49 - A canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the rowers masked, C.Grignion engraver; 25.9 x 40.4 cm; image

50 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, in a mask, T.Cook engraver; 24.4 x 17.8 cm; platemark

50 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, in a mask, T.Cook engraver; 28.4 x 20.7 cm; image/platemark

51 - Various articles, at the Sandwich Islands, J Record engraver; 20.8 x 28 cm; image

52 - A view of Karakakooa, in Owyhee, W.Byrne engraver; 22.7 x 50.8 cm; platemark

52 - A view of Karakakooa, in Owyhee, W.Byrne engraver; 26.4 x 52.8 cm; image

53 - A man of Kamtschatka, travelling in winter. S. Middiman engraver; 25.4 x 37.6 cm; platemark

53 - A man of Kamtschatka, travelling in winter. S. Middiman engraver; 32.1 x 40.3 cm; image/platemark

54 - A sledge of Kamtschatka, Woodyer engraver; 18.9 x 25.2 cm; image

55 - A view at Bolcheretzkoi, in Kamtschatka, P. Benezech engraver; 21.1 x 31.8 cm; platemark

55 - A view at Bolcheretzkoi, in Kamtschatka, P. Benezech engraver; 24.4 x 34.5 cm; image

56 - A white bear, Mazell engraver; 17.8 x 24.6 cm; platemark

56 - A white bear, Mazell engraver; 21.8 x 27.3 cm; image

57 - A view of the town and harbour of St Peter and St Paul harbour, in Kamtschatka, B.T. Pouncy; 22.4 x 50.3 cm; platemark

57 - A view of the town and harbour of St Peter and St Paul harbour, in Kamtschatka, B.T. Pouncy; 25 x 52.8 cm; image

58 - A man of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.5 x 17.3 cm; platemark

58 - A man of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 30.4 x 24.1 cm; image

59 - A woman of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.7 x 17.5 cm; platemark

59 - A woman of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 30.4 x 24.1 cm; image

60 - Summer and winter habitations, in Kamtschatka, S.Smith engraver; 21.3 x 37.7 cm; platemark

60 - Summer and winter habitations, in Kamtschatka, S.Smith engraver; 24.7 x 40.6 cm; image

61 - The inside of a winter habitation in Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.3 x 38.7 cm; platemark

61 - The inside of a winter habitation in Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 25.4 x 41.5 cm


Signature & date

Signed within each plate to print l.l. corner, black ink "J Webber del.". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

209.1990


Artist information

Various

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after John Webber

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 18 (illus.). cat.no. 1. The engraving illustrated is called 'An opossum of Van Dieman's Land' and is taken from the book 'A voyage to the Pacific Ocean'.