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Support: 56.000 x 41.500 cm (sheet)
Platemark: 41.500 x 27.200 cm
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See acc. no. 1991-265-106X.
John Webber was the official artist for James Cook's Third Voyage (1776-1780) from the South Seas to the West Coast of North America. This image appears in the book of plates, companion to the second edition of the Journal of Captain Cook and James King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean...three volumes (I and II by Cook, III by King), published in 1785 by William Strahan in New Street, Shoe Lane and Thomas Cadell in the Strand, London, England. Printed by H. Hughes. This image is plate number 20.
In the public house,or malee, the king took his seat at one end of the house, and the people, who came to visit him, sat down, as they arrived, in a semicircle at the other end (Volume I of III, p.312).
Poulaho is seen sitting in the foreground his back almost wholly turned to the spectator. He faces a man in front of him who has fallen prostate to kiss his feet. A kind of matted fence has been placed behind Poulaho's back, illustrating, as observed in the journals, that nobody was allowed to sit behind him.
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1991-265 X DAP
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1991-265-179
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