1785 Folio Lodge - VIEW OF PEARL FISHERY handcol. copper engraving - Agriculture
[London: A. Hogg, c.1782.]
An attractive and interesting plate, published in George Millar's "New and Universal System of Geography" - a Georgian compendium of reports and accounts from all round the world. This is a clear, fine, illustration showing workers fishing for pearls in the Pacific.
200 by 300mm (7.75 by 11.75 inches).
Diving for pearls from pearl oysters, from rowing boats, for trade with European and other travellers, their tents to shore to right. For thousands of years, most seawater pearls were retrieved by divers working in the Indian Ocean, in areas such as the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and in the Gulf of Mannar (between Sri Lanka and India).