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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Dampier (1651-1715), Circumnavigator and hydrographer

Buccaneer and explorer; worked in Jamaica in 1674 before joining buccaneers off New Mexico until 1678 when he returned to England; from 1679-91 he sailed round the world; published the New Voyage Round the World 1697 (with a Supplement 1699 containing an account of the winds and seasons in the torrid zone); in 1699-1701 he was again in the Pacific, bringing home more plant specimens and material for the manuscript ‘Voyage to New Holland’ of 1703; he made an unhappy trip to the South Seas in 1703-07 and on his last voyage 1708-11 he was pilot to Capt. Woodes Rogers in a privateering venture (which rescued Alexander Selkirk). A determined and combative man whose travel accounts aroused the deepest interest.


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.