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The Inside of the House, in the Morai, in Atooi


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Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleArtist: Webber, John
Engraver: Scott, Edmund

Object details:

Object ID PAI3910
Description 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. 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. John Webber was the artist on Cook’s third voyage from 1776-1780. Cook's first visit to Kauai (Atooi) was from January 19-23 1778. A morai was a burial place. Both 'A Morai at Atooi' and 'An Inside of a House showing their Idols' were engraved for the official account, so they are stressing the importance of places of cult and worship as a major research interest of the voyage. Loosely bound in album with PAI3893-PAI3909, PAI3911-PAI3936.; Plate No.33.
Date made 1778

Artist/Maker Webber, John
Scott, Edmund
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials engraving & etching
Measurements Plate: 212 x 278 mm; Sheet: 390 x 535 mm
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