The Natche, a Ceremony on Honour of the King's Son, in Tongataboo.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. On watermarked paper. Platemark: 310 x 490mm (12¼ x 19¼"). Uncut.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. A view of a clearing surrounded by trees. A large group of people are seated in the clearing, facing the King's son, who is seated underneath a thatched canopy. A group of men wearing cloth wraps, are performing in front of the King's son, and several other men are carrying fish on sticks behind the performers. Two smaller groups of people are seated in the background. 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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