Story: Perceptions of the landscape

Early views of Poverty Bay (1st of 2)

Early views of Poverty Bay

These hand-coloured engravings of Poverty Bay were based on a drawing by Sydney Parkinson, the artist on James Cook’s first voyage to New Zealand. Parkinson clearly intended to record the land and its geology as accurately as possible. The care with which he showed the topography was designed to inform future navigators, just as his engravings of plants were intended to help future botanists.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Hand-coloured engraving after a drawing by Sydney Parkinson

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Perceptions of the landscape - First approaches – the 18th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/14295/early-views-of-poverty-bay (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007