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John Webber

John Webber

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72 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #3211
The 18th century, on the one hand, was the time of colonialism, in which expeditions to the South Seas took place, which are still legendary today. As there was no photography at the time, painters played a central role in these adventurous expeditions. In this historical context, the English painter and draftsman with Swiss roots John Webber, a native of Johann Wäber, became famous and appreciated.

Webber initially worked as an apprentice with Johann Ludwig Aberli , a landscape painter from Bern. Then he graduated from the Paris Académie Royale with Johann Georg Wille. Webber was able to finance his studies with the help of a scholarship, which was awarded to him by the "Gesellschaft zur Kaufleuten". He then returned to London and studied with a thirst for knowledge at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The Swedish botanist Daniel Carl Solander recognized Webber's talent on the basis of exhibited natural and landscape images and hired him as an expedition painter for the famous third expedition in the South Seas by Captain James Cook. John Webber was the first Swiss ever to visit Australia, more specifically Bruny Island off Tasmania. However, John Webber did not see himself as a simple expedition painter. By his very nature, he was much more of a travel journalist for an audience that became more and more interested in travelogues of this nature. Initially scheduled for only three years, the expedition was delayed by the death of James Cook and difficulties in the North Pacific during the return journey.

In 1793, John Webber died of kidney failure. In his last years Webber made extensive study trips to the north of England, to France and to Bern in Switzerland, where he spent his childhood. © Meisterdrucke


View in Queen Charlotte's Sound,...
1790 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in Queen Charlotte's Sound,...
1790 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Boats of the Friendly Islands, f...
1791 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Boats of the Friendly Islands, f...
1791 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Waheiadooa, Chief of Oheitepeha,...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Waheiadooa, Chief of Oheitepeha,...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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A View in Oheitepeha Bay in the ...
1791 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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A View in Oheitepeha Bay in the ...
1791 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in the Island of Cracatoa, ...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in the Island of Cracatoa, ...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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7: Poulaho, King of the Friendly...
Undated | Watercolor on paper

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7: Poulaho, King of the Friendly...
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Undated | Oil on canvas

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Undated | colour lithograph

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A View in Oheitepha Bay on the I...
1809 | coloured engraving

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A View in Oheitepha Bay on the I...
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A Woman of Eaoo
Undated | engraving

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A Woman of Eaoo
0 | engraving

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A man of Van Diemen's Land
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A man of Van Diemen's Land
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A Sailing Canoe of Otaheite, fro...
1792 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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A Sailing Canoe of Otaheite, fro...
1792 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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The Fan Palm in the Island of Cr...
1788 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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The Fan Palm in the Island of Cr...
1788 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in Macao, from 'Views in th...
1788 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in Macao, from 'Views in th...
1788 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Captain Cook's interview with na...
Undated | pen and ink and grey wash on paper

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Captain Cook's interview with na...
0 | pen and ink and grey wash on paper

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The Narta, or Sledge for Burdens...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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The Narta, or Sledge for Burdens...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View of the Harbour of Taloo in ...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View of the Harbour of Taloo in ...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Balagans or Summer Habitations, ...
1792 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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Balagans or Summer Habitations, ...
1792 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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A view of Christmas Harbour in K...
1784 | watercolour

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A view of Christmas Harbour in K...
1784 | watercolour

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A Toopapaoo of a Chief with a Pr...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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A Toopapaoo of a Chief with a Pr...
1789 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in Macao including the Resi...
1788 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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View in Macao including the Resi...
1788 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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5: A Night Dance by Men, in Hapa...
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5: A Night Dance by Men, in Hapa...
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The Resolution Beating Through t...
1792 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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The Resolution Beating Through t...
1792 | etching with sepia and grey wash

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19: An Inland View, on Atooi, fr...
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19: An Inland View, on Atooi, fr...
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27: A Woman of Prince William"s ...
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