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A Dance in Otaheite

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • A Dance in Otaheite
  • Description

    A young woman dancing on a flagged pavement, wearing a hat and gown decorated with fur tassells and pom-poms, with material forming a large, stiff fan behind her back, waving her arms to right; illustration to "A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean ... in the years 1776-80", plate 29.
    Etching and engraving


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 279 millimetres
    • Width: 228 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and '29 / J. Webber del. / J.K. Sherwin sc.'.
  • Curator's comments

    There is also a larger print by Sherwin after the drawing from which this is taken, showing two women and two men dancing, with musicians and an audience (Joppien & Smith no. 3.103A).
    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. He also published his own prints of drawings he made on the voyages privately, in 1788. Several of the plates were re-published by J Boydell in 1808. 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). For information on the set republished by Boydell, see also Abbey 595.


  • Bibliography

    • Joppien & Smith 3.104A bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

    • Associated with: Tahiti term details
    • (Oceania,Polynesia,French Polynesia,Society Islands,Windward Islands (French Polynesia),Tahiti)
  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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