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Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The hand of Captain Cook

Google Arts and Culture
Learning resources

Take a close look at a portrait with a hidden message in its hands. For Year 7 – 9 students.

Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres
Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres
Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres

Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres, c. 1778

Robert Bénard
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

'The portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher
Portrait story

Betty Churcher describes the creation of the portrait of Captain James Cook in the National Portrait Gallery.

Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales
Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales
Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales

Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales, 1839

G E. Madeley after John Lhotsky
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook)
View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook)
View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook)

View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook), 1787-1788

John Cleveley, Francis Jukes
Portrait, aquatint, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

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.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

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.

Cook
Cook
Cook

Cook, n.d.

Antoine Maurin, an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving, hand-coloured on paper

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

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The Quiet Australian

Magazine article by Brian Dale, 2001

Robert Oatley talks about the repatriation of the John Webber portrait of Captain James Cook.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Thrown together

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Shipmates for years, James Cook and Joseph Banks each kept a journal but neither man shed light on their relationship.

The Death of Captain Cook
The Death of Captain Cook
The Death of Captain Cook

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne after John Webber
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook, 1837

Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Fisher, Son & Co London
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837

Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

David M Thomas

Dream Job
Previous exhibition, 2011

Since 1993 Brisbane-based artist David M Thomas has investigated self identity through art works that encompass painting, text, audio, video and performance.

Andy Thomas

'When I grow up I want to be an astronaut'
Portrait story

An interview with Australian astronaut, Dr. Andy Thomas, who describes the experience of space travel.

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