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CLEVELEY, John & James (after); JUKES, F. (engraver).

View of Owhyhee, one of the Sandwich Islands; View of Morea, or Eimo, one of the Society Islands; View of Huaheine, one of the Society Islands, showing the Resolution and Discovery at anchor in the magnificent harbour of O Wharre; View of Charlotte Sound

Stock Code
98645
London, 1787
£30,000

The complete series of four separately issued hand-coloured aquatint views of the Pacific, after watercolours by John Cleveley. 'The kind of prints that anyone who travelled with Cook, whether, officer, midshipman or able seaman, might want to possess to remind him and his family of the days when he travelled with Cook' (Joppien & Smith).

These are undoubtedly amongst the most beautiful prints to have been executed as a result of Cook's voyages. The engraver Francis Jukes was known as 'if not the inventor, certainly the first that brought [aquatint] to a degree of perfection' (The Gentleman's Magazine LXXXII, p. 300). In three of the prints the Resolution and Discovery are seen at anchor in the Society Islands off Tahiti, Huahine, and Moorea, surrounded by local craft, in a veritable paradise. Whilst in the final aquatint the ships stand close to shore in Kealakekua Bay as Cook reaches out to his

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Description

Four hand-coloured aquatints, 433 x 550 / 432 x 553 / 433 x 560 / 435 x 560mm (all trimmed to image), laid down, 20mm closed tear repaired to edge of View of Morea, two 5mm closed tears repaired to edge of View of Huaheine, slight discolouration to extremities on upper and outer sides (17mm) from previous mount.

Bibliography

Beaglehole III, p. ccxiv; Beddie, 1752-1783; Joppien & Smith III, pp216-221.

Stock ID:98645

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