A Dance in Otaheite.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 265 x 400mm (10¼ x 15¾"). Uncut.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. Two women and two men wearing ceremonial costumes, performing a dance outdoors standing on a mat. Three men playing the drums in the background, in front of a thatched roof building. An audience of men are sitting on both sides of the stage. John Webber (1751-93) travelled with Captain Cook on the Third Voyage (1776-80) as the Official Artist of the expedition, recording the explorer's death at the hand of Hawaiian natives.
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