Two vessels heading towards a coastline

This is an engraving by Sydney Parkinson likely done in 1770. Parkinson was a Scottish botanist and natural history artist employed by Joseph Banks on Captain James Cook's first Endeavor voyage to the Pacific from 1768-1771. The drawing was then engraved in John Hawkesworth's Voyages (an account of the journeys by Captain Cook, Vice Admiral John Byron, and Joseph Banks published on behalf of the Admirality in 1773). Captain Cook (1728-1779) made three separate voyages to the Pacific (with the ships Endeavour, Resolution, Adventure, and Discovery) and did more than any other voyager to explore the Pacific and Southern Ocean. Cook not only encountered Pacific cultures for the first time, but also assembled the first large-scale collections of Pacific objects to be brought back to Europe. He was killed in Hawaii in 1779.

Parkinson likely did this scene in July or August of 1769 in Yoolee-Etea. The voyagers and islanders had good relations and were fond of trading commodities. Yoolee-Etea was an island visited after Otaheite.

Mounted in Album PAJ2143, with PAJ2145 - PAJ2206.

Object Details

ID: PAJ2169
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Parkinson, Sydney
Date made: 1769-1770; 1770
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 230 x 301 mm
Parts: Plates of Cook's Voyages - Voyage 1 (Album)

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