An Inland View; in Atool ( Hawaii ) 1784 Captain Cook engraving by John Webber

Image Size: 10.25" x 20.13" ( 26cm x 51cm )
Actual Size: 16.50" x 22.00" ( 42cm x 56cm )
Medium: Engraving


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An Inland View in Atool ( Hawaii ) is from the 1784 First Edition Atlas Accompanying Capt. James Cook and King; Third and Final Voyage of Captain James Cook. This engraving depicts a market scene and illustrates, once again, an encounter between the voyagers and the local inhabitants. King noted that the dwellings ‘instead of being scatterd as at the other Islands, are here connect’d into Villages’ and something of this is revealed in Webber’s drawing, as indeed is Cook’s comparison of the houses with ‘oblong corn stacks.’ Trading was exceptionally good. Cook believed that ‘no people could trade with more honesty than these people, never once attempting to cheat us.’ The various groups of people depicted by Webber does suggest a feeling of relaxation and trust. Barrels of water are being rolled about without fuss or molestation, and in the centre a woman converses with a marine. It may be an allusion to the readiness of the Hawaiian girls to offer themselves to the sailors. Samwell remakred that the ‘young Women, who were in general exceedingly beautiful, used all their arts to entice our people into their Houses.’ And Webber shows a couple of young women in front of a hut on the extreme right in order perhaps to endorse the statement. This engraving is in good condition with some foxing.

    John Webber (1752-1793) was the official artist for the third voyage of Captain James Cook (1728-1779). The purpose of this voyage was to discover the Northwest Passage and to explore the Pacific Ocean north of the Equator. These engravings were published in 1784-85 by G. Nichol and Thomas Cadell of London in the four large format atlas, Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Captain Cook was an extraordinary explorer known for discovering and mapping unknown territory and for his many contributions to the scientific world. These original engravings from Webber’s drawings and paintings are only a glimpse into this great man’s historical contributions that make him one of the greatest explorers of all times.