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James Cook (1728-1779), Circumnavigator

Sitter associated with 15 portraits
The son of a Yorkshire labourer, Captain James Cook learned seamanship on small East Coast trading boats. Described as 'a good mathematician and very expert in his business', he was chosen to command the Royal Navy ship the Endeavour in 1768,despite being an officer of a lower rank. Cook is most famous for charting the coasts of New Zealand, the east coast of Australia and the Pacific coast of North America. While on his third voyage to the Pacific, between 1776 and 1779, he was killed in an attack by Hawaiian natives who had previously worshipped him as a god.

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James Cook

by John Webber
oil on canvas, feigned oval, November 1776
NPG 26

984

James Cook

by Lucien Le Vieux
marble bust, 1790
On display on Floor 2: Turning Heads at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 984

D33013

James Cook

by James Basire, after William Hodges
line engraving, 1777
NPG D33013

D20302

James Cook

by James Basire, published by William Strahan, and published by Thomas Cadell the Elder, after William Hodges
line engraving, published 1 February 1777
NPG D20302

D34085

James Cook

by Thornton, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D34085

D2201

James Cook

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
line engraving, published 1 August 1784
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D2201

D7854

James Cook

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Webber
stipple engraving, published 1784 (1776)
NPG D7854

D8408

James Cook

by Thornton, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1785
NPG D8408

D8407

James Cook

by François Pigeot, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D8407

D14061

James Cook

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, published by Robert Wilkinson, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
line engraving, published 1 August 1784
NPG D14061

D14634

James Cook

by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Webber
line engraving, published 1 January 1784
NPG D14634

D19796

James Cook

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, published by Robert Wilkinson, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
line engraving, published 1 August 1784
NPG D19796

D23145

James Cook

cast by Martin Cooper, after Lucien Le Vieux
marble bust, 2005 (1790)
On display on Floor 2: Turning Heads at Beningbrough Hall
NPG D23145