England, 1752-1793

"A Man and Woman of Sandwich Islands".

A pair of graphite images drawn separately on a single sheet. Indistinctly signed and dated lower right "Stirld:26 Nov:1786". After the original by John Webber, who is known for Cook Voyage sketches 1778 and as an expedition artist.
Pencil and ink, 5" x 6.75" sight. Framed 11" x 12.75".
Condition: The absence of a condition report does not imply an object is free of defects. All items may have normal signs of age and wear commensurate with their age; these issues will likely not be mentioned in the condition report. Please contact Eldred's before the auction with any condition questions. Questions about condition will not be answered after purchase. Condition reports are provided as a courtesy, and we are not responsible for any errors or omissions. Important note on frames: Frames are not guaranteed to be in the same condition as they are in the item photograph. Due to handling and shipping, many frames, especially antique ones, are prone to losses. If you have questions about the condition of a frame, please contact us prior to the auction. 

  • Provenance:
    Robert G. Sawers, London, 1986.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.
  • Literature:
    The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages - Volume Three, The Voyage of the Resolution and the Discovery 1776-1780 by Bernard Smith and Rudiger Joppien (Yale University Press, 1988), p. 543.

    Both of these images are plates in the 1784 edition of Cook's Third Voyage, appearing on pages 125 and 126. Robert Sawers wrote in 1986 that he believes these drawings were originals for the smaller Octavo Edition published in 1786. Both are considered to be two of the most striking portraits done by Webber on the third voyage. The man, who wears a feathered cloak and typical Hawaiian headdress, has been identified as the Hawaiian chief Keneena, one of Cook's closest allies during his stay in Kealakakua Bay. The woman is unidentified.

Accepted Forms of Payment:

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer


We require prompt payment and removal of your purchases as stated in Paragraph 12 of the Conditions of Sale. If you plan to pick up your purchases, please call ahead and we'll make every effort to have your items ready. Our physical address is 1483 Route 6A, East Dennis, MA. Pick up of smaller items at our Mystic, CT location is also available with advance notice.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide shipping quotes until the invoice had been paid in full.
In house shipping is offered exclusively though UPS. All items are shipped with UPS insurance (max. $50,000). UPS insurance is billed at $2.70 for the first $100 and at $0.90 per hundred afterwards. Eldred's charges a minium $15 handling fee per package plus actual UPS shipping charges.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASES: Delivery or shipping arrangements must be made within seven (7) days from the close of the auction for all purchases. All items must be removed from Eldred's facilities within fourteen (14) days of the end of the auction. All items remaining after fourteen days may be subject to a $15/per item/per day storage fee. No items will be released unless storage fees are paid in full. Items remaining over thirty (30) days from the close of the auction may be sold for the buyer's account minus auction and storage fees.

March 1, 2023 9:30 AM EST
East Dennis, MA, US


You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 25% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $2,999 $100
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $29,999 $1,000
$30,000 $49,999 $2,500
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 + $10,000