||This engraving comes from the official account of Cook's third voyage, 'A voyage to the Pacific Ocean', published by Scatcherd and Whitaker in 1784.
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 is likely from a drawing made while in Christmas Harbour in Tierra Del Fuego between December 21-28th, 1774.
Mounted in album with PAI4078-PAI4123, PAI4125-PAI4214.; Page 168.; Plate No. 4.