|Published||Page sculp. [Alexander Hogg, London, c.1794]|
|Dimensions||Image 215 x 332 mm, Plate 236 x 365 mm, Sheet 236 x 382 mm|
The arrival of Captain Cook at Erromango, one of the islands of Vanuatu. The interaction was not a peaceful one, with Cook's landing party being attacked by a group of the local inhabitants, some of whom were killed after injuring a number of Cook's men. The engraving, prepared for Alexander Hogg's publication of Portlock's New Collection of Voyages and Travels, is loosely based on a painting by William Hodges, now in the collection of the Royal Museums Greenwich. The scene shows Cook firing a rifle at the men on the shore, while his own men attempt to push their rowboat free of the shore with the oars. The Melanesians are shown as quasi-classical nudes, though with their loins girdled in the fashion described by Cook.
Page (fl.1790s), first name unknown, contributed numerous plates to popular works of exploration and maritime history, particularly those published by Alexander Hogg.
Condition: Trimmed to platemark at top and bottom as issued. Minor chips and creasing to margins. Minor time toning to sheet.