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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi
Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi
Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi

Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne
The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne
The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Captain James Cook portrait story video: 2 minutes

Captain Cook 'The photojournalists of their time'

Portrait story

An exploration of the role of artists such as John Webber who, whilst a member of Cook’s crew over many voyages, created paintings and drawings of the situations and people the explorers encountered.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Cook in context

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Robert Oatley's continuing benefaction has helped the National Portrait Gallery acquire works that add another layer to the story of Captain Cook.

We would like to thank our partners.
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.