Story: Perceptions of the landscape

Arched rock, Tolaga Bay (2nd of 2)

Arched rock, Tolaga Bay

This hand-coloured engraving is based on a sketch by H. D. Spöring, the assistant naturalist on Cook’s first voyage. When the Endeavour stopped for water at Cook’s Cove, he sketched this arched rock because, as his boss Joseph Banks noted, it was ‘an extraordinary natural curiosity’. Later on the trip, Sydney Parkinson copied Spöring’s drawing, turning it into a picturesque, romantic image. Another artist produced this engraving in 1784, adding a Māori figure and several mariners.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-098-024
Hand-coloured engraving by Herman Diedrich Sporing

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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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/14296/arched-rock-tolaga-bay (accessed 25 February 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007