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A Opossum of Van Diemen's Land


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Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleArtist: Webber, John
Engraver: Mazell, Peter

Object details:

Object ID PAI3896
Description Captain James Cook (1728-1779) made three separate voyages to the Pacific (with the ships Endeavour, Resolution, Adventure, and Discovery) and did more than any other voyager to explore the Pacific and Southern Ocean. Cook not only encountered Pacific cultures for the first time, but also assembled the first large-scale collections of Pacific objects to be brought back to Europe. He was killed in Hawaii in 1779. This engraving is after a drawing by John Webber from John Hawkesworth's account (1773) of the voyages of Captain James Cook, Joseph Banks and Captain John Byron. Cook travelled to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) between January 24-30, 1777. Loosely bound in album with PAI3893-PAI3895, PAI3897-PAI3936.; Plate No.8.
Date made 1777

Artist/Maker Webber, John
Mazell, Peter
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials engraving & etching
Measurements Plate: 212 x 266 mm; Sheet: 390 x 535 mm
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