A Toopapaoo of a Chief, with a Priest making his offering to the Morai, in Huoheine.
London Pub.d April 1. 1809 by Boydell & Comp.y No. 90 Cheapside.
Aquatint with large margins and very fine hand colour on watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman. 1820'. Platemark: 325 x 450mm (12¾ x 17½"). Repairs to sheet top left.
A landscape with a man sitting cross-legged in the right foreground, making an offering which is spread on a fringed table, next to tall, narrow carvings stuck vertically in the ground in the right background. A large tupapau can be seen in the centre, below which are three small boulders and a tent with a woven roof to left. John Webber was the official artist on Cook's final voyage through the Pacific; his drawings formed the basis for printed illustrations to the account of 'A Voyage to the Pacific', published in 1784.
Vide Cook's last Voy. Vol. II. Ch. VI.
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