• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 21

    John Webber, R.A. (1751-1793)

    Views in the South Seas: View in Queen Charlotte's Sound, New Zealand; Boats of the Friendly Islands; View in the Island of Cracatoa; A View in Oheitepeha Bay, in the Island of Otaheite; A Toopapaoo of a Chief, with a Priest making his offering to the Morai, in Huoheine; The Plantain Tree, in the Island of Cracatoa; (Abbey, Travel, 595, pls. 1,2,4,5,8,15; Hill, 1837, nos. 1,2,4,5,8,15)

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    John Webber, R.A. (1751-1793)
    Views in the South Seas: View in Queen Charlotte's Sound, New Zealand; Boats of the Friendly Islands; View in the Island of Cracatoa; A View in Oheitepeha Bay, in the Island of Otaheite; A Toopapaoo of a Chief, with a Priest making his offering to the Morai, in Huoheine; The Plantain Tree, in the Island of Cracatoa; (Abbey, Travel, 595, pls. 1,2,4,5,8,15; Hill, 1837, nos. 1,2,4,5,8,15)
    handcoloured aquatints, published by Boydell (and successor), London, 1808[-20], on J. Whatman paper watermarked 1818-19
    S.16 1/8 x 21¼in. (41 x 54cm.) (6)


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    These views were originally published by Webber himself, without letterpress, between 1 August 1788 and 1 August 1792, etched and coloured by himself, and were reproduced in aquatint for Views in the South Seas in 1808. For a discussion of the various editions of Webber's Views in the South Seas (1786-1820) see R. Joppien and B. Smith, The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages, New Haven and London, III, Text, pp.192-96.

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