A Night Dance by Women, in Hapaee.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 270 x 400mm (10½ x 15¾"). Uncut. Edge of top margins, stained. Very slight crease & small foxmark.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. A night scene depicting Tongan women dancing in two rows, on both side of the image, wearing cloth skirts and flower headbands. Behind the women, are a group of men sitting on the ground in a circle, holding wooden musical instruments. An audience of men and women can be seen 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: 34303] £320.00