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'The portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher

Betty Churcher on Captain Cook
Video: 3 minutes

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

This video was produced with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

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3 portraits

1Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber. 2Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott. 3hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen.

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Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Tribute

Betty Churcher

Magazine article, 2015

Betty Churcher AO (1931–2015), gallery director, author, painter and lecturer, was educated in Brisbane before studying art in London.

'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes
'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes
'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes
'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes

Betty Churcher

'Blockbuster Betty'

Portrait story

Betty Churcher discusses her career as the Director of the National Gallery of Australia.

Captain James Cook portrait story video: 2 minutes
Captain James Cook portrait story video: 2 minutes
Captain James Cook portrait story video: 2 minutes
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

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.

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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.