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The Narta, or Sledge for Burdens in Kamtschatka.
The Narta, or Sledge for Burdens in Kamtschatka. [NB not mentioned in Cooks last Voyage.]
J. Webber fecit.
[London Pub.d July 1, 1789 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street.]
Coloured soft ground etching, printed in sepia and hand finished. Sheet 300 x 450mm (11¾ x 17¼") on paper watermarked 'J Whatman, undated. Trimmed within plate, losing publication line at bottom, close to image at top; unprinted area in bottom left corner patched. Repairs.
A scene with a man on skis beside a dog sledge, huts and a smoking volcano in the background. It was one of twelve plates in his 'Views in the South Seas', drawn, etched and originally published separately 1788-92 by John Webber, draughtsman on Cook's Third Voyage. Boydell reissued the Views (with four new plates) with plates dated 1809, but Abbey's example has Whatman watermarks dated 1820. We have traced an example of this plate with the Webber publication line also watermarked 'J Whatman', undated.
Abbey 595 for Boydell edition. See Ref: 31816
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