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Title
Night dances in Hapaee
Additional title: Night dance of men, in Hapaee
Additional title: Night dance, by women, in Hapaee
Names
Sharp, William, 1749-1824 (Associated name)
Webber, John, 1751-1793 (Associated name)
Cook, James, 1728-1779 (Associated name)
Hogg, Alexander, fl. 1778-1819 (Publisher)
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Subjects

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1790 - 1799 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
A night dance of men, in Hapaee -- A night dance, by women, in Hapaee; London, Alex[ande]r Hogg.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Hap 1-2
Topics
Dance -- Tonga
Genres
Prints
Notes
Title devised by cataloger.
Biographical/historical: The word "Hapaee" refers to Ha'apai, an island group that forms part of the kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean. The British explorer Captain James Cook, who dubbed Tonga the Friendly Islands, is said to have visited them several times. These images probably portray an actual event.
Biographical/historical: These prints are reduced versions of images engraved by William Sharp after John Webber, the official artist on Captain Cook's third and final voyage to the Pacific, 1776-1780. Sharp's engravings were published in 1784-1785 as illustrations to Cook's Voyage to the Pacific Ocean ... 1776-1780. The British Museum holds multiple copies of both of Sharp's prints, which are larger and use a different typeface from the two prints in this collection. Also, the British Museum's prints of the men's dance are titled "A night dance by men" rather than "A night dance of men," as seen here.
Physical Description
Engravings
Extent: 2 prints : engraving, b&w ; 13 x 20 cm. or smaller.
Description
Two depictions of ensemble dances, respectively by groups of men and women, in outdoor settings at night. Both sexes are costumed in skirtlike garments that leave their upper bodies bare. Both groups are accompanied by male musicians seated at center, with long sticks that may be percussion instruments. The foregrounds of both images are filled by a row of onlookers in both native and European garb; other onlookers are visible behind the dancers.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 825552353
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759749
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fab9ac40-b0d0-0133-4492-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1749: Creator Born
  • 1790: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1824: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Night dances in Hapaee" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1790 - 1799. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/5e8ee060-b198-0133-1bb7-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Night dances in Hapaee" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 6, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/5e8ee060-b198-0133-1bb7-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1790 - 1799). Night dances in Hapaee Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/5e8ee060-b198-0133-1bb7-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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Night dances in Hapaee