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A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing
  • Description

    A man wearing a maro, a necklace of seaweed and ornaments of fringes of dogs' teeth around his calfs, right leg raised, holding out and shaking a large round, fringed rattle with his right hand, looking towards the viewer; a tall building with curved sides and a small arched entrance, surrounded by a low brick wall with a palm tree next to it, int he background to left, another wall, trees and mountains in the background to right; plate 62 in Cook's Voyage to the Pacific; after Webber. 1784
    Etching and engraving


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 299 millimetres
    • Width: 210 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and '62. / J. Webber del. / C. Grignion sc.'.
        Annotated in ink on the recto 'Vol. 3.d 27'.
  • Curator's comments

    There is no account of the scene in the Journals, but Captain King described it in the official publication.
    John Webber was the official artist on Cook's final voyage through the Pacific; his drawings formed the basis for printed illustrations to the account of the voyage 'A Voyage to the Pacific', published in 1784, engraved by various artists. For more information, including details on the publication of Cook's Voyages, see: Joppien, Rüdiger and Smith, Bernard 'The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages', 3 Vols. (Yale UP 1988).


  • Bibliography

    • Joppien & Smith 3.301A bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

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  • Associated places

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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