A Sailing Canoe of Otahaite. John Webber.

A Sailing Canoe of Otahaite.

London: Boydell, 1809 (1820). A close-up view of early Tahitian boat with sail, distinctly different than the Fijian boats illustrated in the companion print. The sail on this canoe is a vertical oblong shape, tightly lashed to masts on two sides. 4 natives are depicted, with perpendicular platforms allowing closer access to the water. The view was published in John Webber's "Views in the South Seas", which has been called "the most striking publication resulting from Cook's expeditions". (Parsons Collection 136). London. Pubd. April 1, 1809 by Boydell & Compy. No. 90 Cheapside. Vol. I. Impression mark 448 x 330 mm, on paper 500 x 360 mm. Colored aquatint with lower left corner missing, into the plate mark, but not the image, o/w in very good condition. Print is watermarked J. Whatman 1820. Joppien & Smith 3.133b. Item #14339

Price: $2,500.00

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