Various

(United Kingdom  – )

after John Webber

(England 1752 – 1793)

Plates to Cook's voyage

Other titles:
James Cook and James King, A voyage to the Pacific Ocean performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolutions and Discovery...1776-1780 (Cook's fatal third voyage), London, 1785
Location
Not on display
Further information

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 supervized the engravers and printers who were preparing the images for publication, under the direction of Lord Sandwich ... The Gallery's copy was in the collection of Lord Hobart, after whom Hobart, Tasmania was named and who was the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from March 1801 to May 1804.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints in the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998

Year
1784
Media
Print, Book
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
39.6 cm x 54.4 cm (each sheet) :
1 - A view of Christmas Harbour, in Kerguellen's Land, Newton engraver; 22.2 x 38 cm; image
1 - A view of Christmas Harbour, in Kerguellen's Land, Newton engraver; 26.4 x 40.5 cm; platemark
2 - A man on Van Diemen's Land, J Caldwell engraver; 22.3 x 17.8 cm; image
2 - A man on Van Diemen's Land, J Caldwell engraver; 28.4 x 22.1 cm; platemark
3 - A woman of Van Diemen's land, J Caldwell engraver; 23 x 17.9 cm; image
3 - A woman of Van Diemen's land, J Caldwell engraver; 28.2 x 22.3 cm; platemark
4 - An opossum of Van Diemen's Land, P. Mezell engraver; 15 x 23.9 cm; image
4 - An opossum of Van Diemen's Land, P. Mezell engraver; 21.5 x 27 cm; platemark
5 - The Infide of a Hippa, in New Zealand, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 22.3 x 38 cm; image
5 - The Infide of a Hippa, in New Zealand, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 25.1 x 40.6 cm; platemark
6 - A Man of Mangea, W. Sharp engraver; 22.6 x 17.9 cm; image
6 - A Man of Mangea, W. Sharp engraver; 30.6 x 24 cm; platemark
7 - A View at Anamooka, W. Byrne engraver; 21.6 x 49.6 cm; image
7 - A View at Anamooka, W. Byrne engraver; 26.4 x 52.8 cm; platemark
8 - The reception of Captain Cook, in Hapaee, Heath engraver; 22.5 x 37.9 cm; image
8 - The reception of Captain Cook, in Hapaee, Heath engraver; 25.8 x 40.5 cm; platemark
9 - A boxing match, in Hapaee, I.Taylor engraver; 23 x 18.1 cm; image
9 - A boxing match, in Hapaee, I.Taylor engraver; 30.3 x 22.5 cm; platemark
10 - A night dance by men, in Hapaee, Wm Sharp engraver; 22 x 38.7 cm; image
10 - A night dance by men, in Hapaee, Wm Sharp engraver; 41 x 27 cm; platemark
11 - A night dance by women, in Hapee, W. Sharp engraver; 22.3 x 38.3 cm; image
11 - A night dance by women, in Hapee, W. Sharp engraver; 41 x 27 cm; platemark
12 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, J.Hall engraver; 23.2 x 18.1 cm; image
12 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, J.Hall engraver; 28.5 x 22.5 cm; platemark
13 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands drinking Kava, W.Sharp engraver; 26.1 x 38.2 cm; image
13 - Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands drinking Kava, W.Sharp engraver; 26.7 x 41.4 cm; platemark
14 - A Fiatooka, or Morai, in Tongataboo, W.Ellis engraver; 22.4 x 38 cm; image
14 - A Fiatooka, or Morai, in Tongataboo, W.Ellis engraver; 25.8 x 40.7 cm; platemark
15 - The Natche, a ceremony in honour of the king's son, in Tongataboo. J. Hall engraver; 25.1 x 46.7 cm; image
15 - The Natche, a ceremony in honour of the king's son, in Tongataboo. J. Hall engraver; 31.4 x 49 cm; platemark
16 - A woman of Eaoo, J.Hall engraver; 23.4 x 18 cm; image
16 - A woman of Eaoo, J.Hall engraver; 29 x 22.3 cm; platemark
17 - A human sacrifice, in a marai, in Otaheite, W.Woollett engraver; 24.5 x 46.7 cm; image
17 - A human sacrifice, in a marai, in Otaheite, W.Woollett engraver; 28.5 x 48.6 cm; platemark
18 - The body of Tee, a chief, as preserved after death, in Otaneite, W.Byrne engraver; 22.3 x 38 cm; image
18 - The body of Tee, a chief, as preserved after death, in Otaneite, W.Byrne engraver; 25.8 x 40.4 cm; platemark
19 - A young woman of Otaneite, bringing a present, E. Bartolozzi engraver; 22.6 x 16.2 cm; image
19 - A young woman of Otaneite, bringing a present, E. Bartolozzi engraver; 34.9 x 28.1 cm; platemark
20 - A dance in Otaheite, J.K.Sherwin engraver; 26.1 x 40.3 cm; image
21 - A young woman of Otaneite, dancing, J.K Sherwin engraver; 23 x 18 cm; platemark
21 - A young woman of Otaneite, dancing, J.K Sherwin engraver; 27.7 x 22.6 cm; image
22 - A view of Huaheine, W.Byrne engraver; 23.2 x 47 cm; platemark
22 - A view of Huaheine, W.Byrne engraver; 26.2 x 49.2 cm; image
23 - A Morai, in Atooi, Lerperner engraver; 22.6 x 37.8 cm; platemark
23 - A Morai, in Atooi, Lerperner engraver; 26.7 x 41 cm; image
24 - The inside of the house, in the Morai, in Atooi, Scott engraver; 18 x 24.5 cm; platemark
24 - The inside of the house, in the Morai, in Atooi, Scott engraver; 21.5 x 27.8 cm; image
25 - An inland view, in Atooi, S.Middiman engraver; 22 x 46.6 cm; platemark
25 - An inland view, in Atooi, S.Middiman engraver; 26 x 51.2 cm; image
26 - A man of Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 22.3 x 17.3 cm; platemark
26 - A man of Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 30.5 x 24.4 cm; image
27 - A woman of Nootka Sound, W. Sharp engraver; 23.2 x 17.6 cm; platemark
27 - A woman of Nootka Sound, W. Sharp engraver; 30.3 x 22.4 cm; image and platemark
28 - Various articles, at Nootka Sound, J. Record engraver; 20.4 x 27.7 cm; image
29 - A view of the habitation in Nootka Sound, S.Smith engraver; 21.9 x 37.4 cm; platemark
29 - A view of the habitation in Nootka Sound, S.Smith engraver; 25.7 x 40 cm; image
30 - The inside of a house in Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 22.5 x 37.5 cm; platemark
30 - The inside of a house in Nootka Sound, W.Sharp engraver; 27 x 40.5 cm; image
31 - A sea otter, Mazell engraver; 15.1 x 24.2 cm; platemark
31 - A sea otter, Mazell engraver; 19.8 x 26.8 cm; image
32 - A view of Snug Corner, in Prince William Sound, W. Ellis engraver; 22 x 37.3 cm; platemark
32 - A view of Snug Corner, in Prince William Sound, W. Ellis engraver; 25.3 x 40.4 cm; image
33 - A man of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 22.8 x 18.1 cm; platemark
33 - A man of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 30.8 x 24.2 cm; image
34 - A woman of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 23 x 18.2 cm; platemark
34 - A woman of Prince William Sound, J. Bafire engraver; 30.9 x 24.1 cm; image
35 - A man of Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.4 x 17.5 cm; platemark
35 - A man of Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 30.4 x 24.3 cm; image
36 - A woman of Oonalashka, Delattre engraver; 23.2 x 17.4 cm; platemark
36 - A woman of Oonalashka, Delattre engraver; 28.4 x 21.7 cm; image
37 - Canoes of Oonalashka, W.Angus engraver; 17.6 x 24.5 cm; platemark
37 - Canoes of Oonalashka, W.Angus engraver; 20.7 x 26.5 cm; image
38 - The Tschuktschi, and their habitations, Lerpiniere engraver; 22.2 x 37.8 cm; platemark
38 - The Tschuktschi, and their habitations, Lerpiniere engraver; 25.6 x 40.5 cm; image
39 - Sea horses, E. Scott and J. Heath engravers; 22.4 x 37.4 cm; platemark
39 - Sea horses, E. Scott and J. Heath engravers; 37 x 41 cm; image
40 - Inhabitants of Norton Sound and their habitations, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 22.1 x 37.6 cm; platemark
40 - Inhabitants of Norton Sound and their habitations, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 25.3 x 39.8 cm; image/platemark
41 - Caps of the natives of Oonalashka, J. Record engraver; 28 x 20.9 cm; image
42 - Natives of Oonanlashka, and their habitations, J Hall and S. Middiman engravers; 22 x 37.7 cm; platemark
42 - Natives of Oonanlashka, and their habitations, J Hall and S. Middiman engravers; 25.8 x 41.4 cm; image
43 - The inside of a house, in Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 22 x 37.2 cm; platemark
43 - The inside of a house, in Oonalashka, W.Sharp engraver; 25.7 x 40.3 cm; image
44 - An offering before Captain Cook, in the Sandwich Islands, Middiman and Hall engravers; 22.3 x 37.6 cm; platemark
44 - An offering before Captain Cook, in the Sandwich Islands, Middiman and Hall engravers; 26.2 x 40.8 cm; image
45 - Tereobou, King of Owyhee, bringing presents to Captain Cook, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 22.2 x 37.8 cm; platemark
45 - Tereobou, King of Owyhee, bringing presents to Captain Cook, B.T. Pouncy engraver; 25.9 x 40 cm; image
46 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, dancing, C.Grignion engraver; 24.6 x 17.9 cm; platemark
46 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, dancing, C.Grignion engraver; 30 x 20.8 cm; image
47 - A young woman of the Sandwich Islands, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 23.2 x 18.4 cm; platemark
47 - A young woman of the Sandwich Islands, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 29.1 x 22.8 cm; image
48 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, with his helmet, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 23 x 18.6 cm; platemark
48 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, with his helmet, J.K. Sherwin engraver; 29.3 x 22.9 cm; image
49 - A canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the rowers masked, C.Grignion engraver; 22.2 x 37.7 cm; platemark
49 - A canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the rowers masked, C.Grignion engraver; 25.9 x 40.4 cm; image
50 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, in a mask, T.Cook engraver; 24.4 x 17.8 cm; platemark
50 - A man of the Sandwich Islands, in a mask, T.Cook engraver; 28.4 x 20.7 cm; image/platemark
51 - Various articles, at the Sandwich Islands, J Record engraver; 20.8 x 28 cm; image
52 - A view of Karakakooa, in Owyhee, W.Byrne engraver; 22.7 x 50.8 cm; platemark
52 - A view of Karakakooa, in Owyhee, W.Byrne engraver; 26.4 x 52.8 cm; image
53 - A man of Kamtschatka, travelling in winter. S. Middiman engraver; 25.4 x 37.6 cm; platemark
53 - A man of Kamtschatka, travelling in winter. S. Middiman engraver; 32.1 x 40.3 cm; image/platemark
54 - A sledge of Kamtschatka, Woodyer engraver; 18.9 x 25.2 cm; image
55 - A view at Bolcheretzkoi, in Kamtschatka, P. Benezech engraver; 21.1 x 31.8 cm; platemark
55 - A view at Bolcheretzkoi, in Kamtschatka, P. Benezech engraver; 24.4 x 34.5 cm; image
56 - A white bear, Mazell engraver; 17.8 x 24.6 cm; platemark
56 - A white bear, Mazell engraver; 21.8 x 27.3 cm; image
57 - A view of the town and harbour of St Peter and St Paul harbour, in Kamtschatka, B.T. Pouncy; 22.4 x 50.3 cm; platemark
57 - A view of the town and harbour of St Peter and St Paul harbour, in Kamtschatka, B.T. Pouncy; 25 x 52.8 cm; image
58 - A man of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.5 x 17.3 cm; platemark
58 - A man of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 30.4 x 24.1 cm; image
59 - A woman of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.7 x 17.5 cm; platemark
59 - A woman of Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 30.4 x 24.1 cm; image
60 - Summer and winter habitations, in Kamtschatka, S.Smith engraver; 21.3 x 37.7 cm; platemark
60 - Summer and winter habitations, in Kamtschatka, S.Smith engraver; 24.7 x 40.6 cm; image
61 - The inside of a winter habitation in Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 22.3 x 38.7 cm; platemark
61 - The inside of a winter habitation in Kamtschatka, W.Sharp engraver; 25.4 x 41.5 cm
Signature & date

Signed within each plate to print l.l. corner, black ink "J Webber del.". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1990
Accession number
209.1990