A Sailing Canoe of Otahaite.
London Pub.d April 1. 1809 by Boydell & Comp.y No. 90 Cheapside.
Aquatint with large margins and very fine hand colour on watermaked paper, 'J. Whatman, 1820'. Platemark: 325 x 450mm (12¾ x 17½"). Creasing to sheet. Repairs to sheet along edges and to bottom right and top left corners.
A close-up view of an early Tahitian boat with the sail tightly lashed to masts on two sides. Four natives are depicted, with perpendicular platforms on the boat, allowing closer access to the water. 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.
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