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ID: 700001818Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Portrait of Captain James Cook (painting (visual work); John Webber (English painter and printmaker, 1750-1793); ca. 1780; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; 1960-0013-1)
Note: This is one of three known portraits of Cook by Webber (a fourth was presented to the Tahitian chief Tu, later Pomare I, at Matavai in 1777, and last recorded by Captain Vancouver when he visited Tahiti in 1798). The others, in the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, are dated 1776 and 1782 respectively. Unlike those paintings, the date of Te Papa's work is uncertain. It has been suggested that it was painted prior to Cook's departure on his third voyage and given by him to his wife Elizabeth as a going-away present - a romantic but unsubstantiated story. Given its similarity to the Canberra picture, it seems likely that this is also a posthumous work, memorialising but not yet idealising Cook, who is shown in three-quarter length, standing on the shore in his naval uniform, a telescope in his hand. The painting was certainly in the possession of Elizabeth Cook for a time, though, and in 1829 was given by her to Cook's nephew, passing to his descendents who sold it in the mid-nineteenth century. (William McAloon, 2009)
Portrait of Captain James Cook (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
painting (visual work) [300033618] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>)

paintings (preferred)

Creation Date: ca. 1780

Creator Display:
John Webber (English painter and printmaker, 1750-1793) [preferred,VP]
painter Webber, John (English painter and printmaker, 1750-1793) [500001459]
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington region, North Island, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: 1960-0013-1
Credit Line: Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1960
Creation: England [7002445] United Kingdom (nation), Europe (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: oil on canvas
oil paint (paint) [300015050]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>, paint (coating), <paint by composition or origin>)
canvas [300014078]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by form>, <materials by physical form>, <fiber and fiber products>, fiber products, textile materials, <textile materials by process or technique>)

Dimensions: Image: 1095 (Height) x 695 (Width) x mm; Frame: 1333 (Height) x 935 (Width) x 87 (Depth) mm
General Subject:
portrait (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
Cook, James (English naval officer and explorer, 1728-1779) [500132086]
.....(Non-Artists) (ULAN)
explorer [300025843]
.....(Agents Facet, People, people (agents), <people by activity>) (AAT)
military uniform [300248030]
.....(Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name), Costume (Hierarchy Name), costume (mode of fashion), <costume by function>, uniforms) (AAT)
man (male human) [300025928]
.....(Agents Facet, People, people (agents), <people by gender>) (AAT)
telescope [300150833]
.....(Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name), Tools and Equipment (Hierarchy Name), equipment, <equipment by profession or discipline>, <equipment for science and technology>, optical instruments) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Work
Sources and Contributors:
Portrait of Captain James Cook........ [VP]
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
........ Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 21 August 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 21 August 2012
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