A Night Dance by Men, in Hapaee.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 270 x 400mm (10½ x 15¾"). Uncut. Bit dusty at top.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. A night sccene depicting Tongan men dancing in two rows, on both sides of the image, wearing cloth wraps. In between the men, are a group of figures sitting on the ground in a circle, holding wooden musical instruments. An audience of men and women are in the background. Four White officers are depicted in the foreground, watching the performance. 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.
[Ref: 34301] £280.00