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WEBBER, John (after); HALL, [John] & MIDDIMAN, [Samuel] (engravers).

An Offering before Capt. Cook, in the Sandwich Islands.

Stock Code
98805
[London, 1784
£1,500

This engraving after a drawing by Webber comes from the official account of Cook's Third Voyage, published in 1784.

The Resolution and the Discovery returned to Hawai'i on 17 January 1779. When the vessels arrived at Kealakekua Bay on the western shore of the island, Cook recorded in his journal that about 1000 canoes came out to meet the two ships. Cook was afforded god-like status and Kalani'opu'u (known to the Europeans as Terryaboo, King of Hawaii) took the cloak from his own shoulders and put it around Cook's. King also mentions that Kalani'opu'u 'put a feathered cap upon his head, & a very handsome fly flap in his hand besides which he laid down at the Captain's feet 5 or 6 Cloaks more, all very beautiful, & to them of the greatest value'.

The scene depicted here most likely took place on 19th January, 1779. Cook, with a cloak

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Description

Engraving with etching, 260 x 405mm (plate size), 425 x 585mm (sheet size), some very light spotting to the margins, small fault (20 x 5mm) to edge of plate mark, not touching image, mounted.

Bibliography

Beddie, 1743 [60].

Stock ID:98805

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