National Geographic : 1927 Jan
WHY CAPTAIN COOK NEEDED A CAMERA Realizing the value of a pictorial record, the explorer engaged a landscape painter for his second voyage. This engraving of aTahitian fleet is one of the results. The artist sketched in what he could and later trusted to memory for further details.The result isportrayal ofSouth Sea natives in the garb of classic Greece, an unwitting honor he also conferred upon the aborigines of New Zealand(see text, page o18). This sketch isrepro duced from a volume of Cook's voyages published in London in 1784.