[Five oval portraits from Cook's Voyages].A Man of Prince William's Sound. A Woman of Prince William's Sound. Poulaho King of the Friendly Islands. A Man of Van Dieman's Land. A Woman of Van Dieman's Land. No. 16.
Publish'd April 16th 1785 by G. & T. Wilkie, S.t Paul's Church Yard.
Engraving. 250 x 200mm.
At the age of 14 William Blake was apprenticed to the engraver James Basire, learning a profession that would help subsidise his poetic and artistic works. At the age of 28 he engraved this copy of some of the plates of the Hawkesworth account of Cook's Voyages, for publication in Hervey's 'New System of Geography'.
Russell: Engravings of William Blake, 43, ii.
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