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- Object: Waheiadooa, Chief of Oheitepeha
A bier draped with cloths, on which lies a shrouded body, with a thatched canopy above it, below a larger thatched canopy, with a man to the right, laying an offering at the feet of the corpse, other offerings, of fruit, on two small tables, one to either side. 1789
Hand-coloured soft-ground etching
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Height: 326 millimetres
Width: 452 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Joppein and Smith quote an account by Cook, in which he records that some of the gentlemen of his party came across the tupapau where the body of the chief was lying in state, on their walks and mistook it for a Roman Catholic chapel.
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.
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