The Body of Tee, a Chief, as preserved after Death, in Otaheite.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 255 x 400mm (10 x 15¾"). Uncut.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. An exterior scene depicting the preserved deceased body of Chief Tee, of Otaheite in Tahiti, wearing a cloth wrap headscarf, and loin cloth, lying on top of a piece of cloth, laid out on a wooden structure with a thatched roof. A man stands in the foreground, wearing a cloth wrap and holding onto a piece of cloth, looking at the body. The area is surrounded by a wooden fence. 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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