1784 Capt Cook Antique Print Man called Mourooa of Mangaia in the Cook Islands

Cartographer : Captain James Cook

This fine original copper-plate engraved antique print of a man of Mangaia, one of the Cook Islands - visited by Captain James Cook during the third voyage of discovery - after John Webber - was published in the 1784 English publication of Cooks third Voyage.

......Cook reconnoitered the reef surrounding Mangaia, one of the Cook Islands, on 29 March 1777. No landing was made but on the following day, a canoe with paddlers came out to meet the ships.
At length when they had perceived we were going to the Ships they all left us except the man we had in the boat, he tho not without evident signs of fear, accompaned us on board\' Cook\'s Journals III, I, 89.
The portrait was of a native called Mou\'rooa where through Omai\'s services he was questioned about his island.

General Definitions:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color : - off white
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Paper size: - 13in x 9in (330mm x 230mm)
Plate size: - 13in x 9in (330mm x 230mm)
Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)

Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

John Webber was born in London, of Swiss descent. In the spring of 1776 he showed three works at the Royal Academy\'s annual exhibition, where they attracted the attention of Dr Daniel Solander, President of the Royal Society and a friend and colleague of botanist Joseph Banks. Both had sailed with Captain James Cook on his first voyage of exploration in the Pacific aboard the \'Endeavour\', and were looking for a suitable artist to accompany them on a third trip. Solander recommended Webber to the Admiralty, and he was appointed almost immediately.
The voyage commenced on 12 July 1776. Upon his return to London in 1780, Webber submitted about 200 finished works to the Admiralty, which he had made on the voyage. From autumn 1780 until summer 1784, he re-drew many of the drawings and supervised the engravers and printers who were preparing the images for publication, under the direction of Lord Sandwich