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'View of the harbour of Sangvonoodha, in the island Unalashka, N W coast of America - Monday 29 June 1778, at anchor S. W'

PAH0146

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Gallery locationNot on display
EventsExploration: Cook's Third Voyage, 1776

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Object ID PAH0146
Description Inscribed in the lower margin, as title (though possibly not by Ellis - see PAH0148 for comparative example); signed by the artist and dated, l.r below the image 'W. Ellis fect: 1778'. Unalaska is one of the chain of Aleutian Islands stretching west from southern Alaska. Cook's ships 'Resolution' and 'Discovery' called at Samgoonoodha (English Harbour) between 28 June and 2 July 1778 during his third Pacific voyage (1776-80), before passing round Unalaska to the east to head north through the Bering Strait. This view was taken, presumably from 'Discovery', by the ship's artistic surgeon's mate and is one of ten by him in the collection (PAH0144-PAH0153). The rather simplified ship at left is also presumably 'Resolution'. This drawing is not listed in Joppien and Smith's 'The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages' (vol. III [1988]): reasons for the omission are not clear. For notes on Ellis see PAH0144. [PvdM 9/18]
Date made 1778

Artist/Maker Ellis, William Wade
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by Captain A. W. F. Fuller through The Art Fund
Materials watercolour, with graphite
Measurements Primary support: 189 mm x 532 mm; Mount: 480 mm x 632 mm
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  • 'View of the harbour of Sangvonoodha, in the island Unalashka, N W coast of America - Monday 29 June 1778, at anchor S. W' (PAH0146)
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