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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.

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber
William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber
William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2015

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
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000 by the Commonwealth Government with the generous assistance of Robert Oatley AO and John Schaeffer AO

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

The hand of Captain Cook Google Arts and Culture

Learning resources

A fine portrait with a hidden message

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Capturing Cook

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2003

In focussing on the importance of gifts in the building of the collection, prominence must be given to the most spectacular of the National Portrait Gallery's acquisitions; the portrait of Captain James Cook RN by John Webber R.A.

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

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

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

Mark Webber video: 4 minutes 4 seconds

Mark Webber 'You've got to make of it what you will'

Portrait story

Champion racing driver, Mark Webber, discusses his childhood and racing career.

Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick
Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick
Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick

Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver, 2016 Gino Zardo
Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver, 2016 Gino Zardo
Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver, 2016 Gino Zardo

Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver, 2016 Gino Zardo

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866 Edouard Gatel
John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866 Edouard Gatel
John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866 Edouard Gatel

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866 Edouard Gatel

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin
Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin
Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin

Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin

Portrait, stipple engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Captain Sir John Franklin, 1830 William Derby, John Thomson
Captain Sir John Franklin, 1830 William Derby, John Thomson
Captain Sir John Franklin, 1830 William Derby, John Thomson

Captain Sir John Franklin, 1830 William Derby, John Thomson

Portrait, engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales, c. 1840 John R. Jackson after John Linnell
General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales, c. 1840 John R. Jackson after John Linnell
General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales, c. 1840 John R. Jackson after John Linnell

General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales, c. 1840 John R. Jackson after John Linnell

Portrait, mezzotint

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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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.