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A Chief of New Zealand, as a specimen of the carving of that country (without title)


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Object ID PAI3982
Description This chest from New Zealand is an engraving after R. Ralph done in 1771-72. It was published in John Hawkesworth's Voyages (an account of the journeys by Captain James Cook, Vice Admiral John Byron, and Joseph Banks published on behalf of the Admirality in 1773). Captain 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 is the first of two such engravings. Mounted on page with PAI3983, and in album with PAI3938-PAI3981, PAI3983-PAI4076.; Page 40.
Date made 1771-2

Artist/Maker Mrs. Ralph
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials engraving
Measurements Sheet: 233 x 192 mm
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