Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
James Cook (1728-1779), Circumnavigator
‘He was certainly six feet. I should rather guess that he exceeded that height. He was raw boned, with a very small head, and capable of enduring the greatest fatigue’ (Molesworth Phillips, 1826).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.