View Of Huaheine, One Of The Society Islands In The South Seas [Tahiti]. After John Cleveley the Younger, Brit.
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View Of Huaheine, One Of The Society Islands In The South Seas [Tahiti]

1787. Aquatint with etching, text including title and artist’s name in plate below image, 43.6 x 60.2cm. Foxing overall. Framed.

Text reads “Drawn on the spot by Ja’s Cleveley. Painted by Jn’o Cleveley, London. F. Jukes aquat. To His most Sacred Majesty George III, of Great Britain, France & Ireland, King, defender of the faith, this view of Huaheine, one of the Society Islands in the South Seas, is most humbly dedicated by His Majesty’s most dutiful & devoted subject and serv’t, Tho’s Martyn.” A photocopy of the original prospectus, circa 1788, is affixed to frame verso.

This is one of four views issued after the watercolours by John Cleveley, based on drawings by his brother, James, the ship’s carpenter who sailed with Captain Cook on his last voyage on the ship Resolution.

This print is a very rare uncoloured proof of the first impression which was sold for 18 shillings in 1788. It is an exceptionally strong impression with good margins, differing in quality from the standard issue which tends to be a much lighter printing and is normally hand-coloured to hide any weakness in the impression. Ref: NLA; Wiki.

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Item #CL174-4

Price (AUD): $6,600.00  Other currencies

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