Auction 148, Lot 764

"[Lot of 3] Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Bringing a Present [and] Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Dancing [and] Une Femme de Eaoo", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Tahiti & Tonga Natives

Period: 1785-93 (circa)


Color: Black & White

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The copper engravings from A New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World…Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages… Edited by George William Anderson and published by Alexander Hogg in London, 1784-86. Cook's discoveries in the Pacific formulate the final chapter in 18th Century exploration. These engravings provide a delightful view of the discoveries, people and customs of the Pacific region.

A. Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Bringing a Present, circa 1793 (6.1 x 8.5"). This Tahitian view, engraved by Charles Warren, shows a native woman in an unusual and massive barrel-like skirt. Condition: This example has nice margins.

B. Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Dancing, circa 1793 (5.9 x 8.4"). Another Tahitian view engraved by Charles Warren, this one depicting a woman in sophisticated formal dress and hat as she sways in front of a nature scene. Condition: An example with ample margins and a couple faint spots.

C. Une Femme de Eaoo, circa 1785 (6.8 x 9.3"). This striking portrait presents a native woman of Tonga as she looks on with a serene gaze. Engraved by Robert Benard. Condition: Some marginal toning and a faint damp stain at top that just enters neatline.


Condition: A

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Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/19/2014