Lively view of the final scene of Captain James Cook's life, showing him gesturing to an un-seen person in the distance, while a native Hawaiian delivers a death blow from behind.
The view is loosely based upon the Webber-Bartolozzi view of the death of Cook, which showed Cook passively gesturing toward the water at the time of his death, unlike the Carter view, which shows Cook wielding the butt of his rifle in the direction of his attackers.
The view appeared in George Henry Millar's 'The new and universal System of Geography, being a complete history and description of the whole world. . . ' and is based upon a scene painted by William Hamilton (1751 - 1801), painter of decorative and history subjects, and some portraits.