||This engraving after a drawing by John Webber 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.
John Webber was the artist on Cook’s third voyage from 1776-1780.
The Resolution and the Discovery visited for the second time the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii, Kauai, Niihau between 17 January-14 March 1779.
Cook was warmly greeted in Hawaii and received an almost god-like status.
In this engraving various instruments from the Sandwich Islands are shown. There is a knife, or saw, made with shark’s teeth that was often used to dissect dead bodies. There is a boar tusk bracelet and rattle and an idol.
Mounted in album with PAI4078-PAI4195, PAI4197-PAI4214.; Page 240.; Plate No. 67.