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Captain James Cook Collection

"Captain James Cook: A Legacy of Exploration, Tragedy

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia

Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Captain Cook taking possession of New South Wales, c. 1910 (colour litho)

Captain Cook taking possession of New South Wales, c. 1910 (colour litho)
IL433772 Captain Cook taking possession of New South Wales, c.1910 (colour litho) by Gilfillan, John Alexander (1793-1867) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia

Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Gardenia florida

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree

Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outine drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree

Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Hemiscyllium ocellatum, epaulette shark

Hemiscyllium ocellatum, epaulette shark
Ff. 56. Pencil sketch by Herman Dietrich Sporing made during Captain James Cooks first voyage to explore the southern continent 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas tree

Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas tree
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Captain James Cook taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown, 1770

Captain James Cook taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown, 1770. James Cook (1728-1779), English explorer, navigator and hydrographer, made three voyages of discovery

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara

Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara
Ff. 37. Watercolour painting by George Forster (1773) annotated Falco harpe mas junior and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook
England: c. 1768 An engraving of Captain James Cook, British explorer

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Banksia serrata, old man banksia

Banksia serrata, old man banksia
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: PEXP2A-00015

PEXP2A-00015
Captain James Cook regarding a map. Hand-colored woodcut of a painting

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Lambertia formosa, honey flower

Lambertia formosa, honey flower
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Naso lituratus, orangespine unicornfish

Naso lituratus, orangespine unicornfish
Ff. 194. Watercolour painting by George Forster made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Thespesia populnea, portia tree

Thespesia populnea, portia tree
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Piper methysticum, kava

Piper methysticum, kava
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Piper inebrians

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Muntiacus muntjak, Indian muntjac

Muntiacus muntjak, Indian muntjac
Zoological drawing 6 (1:6) Cervus plicatus. Pencil outline, lateral and front views, of head of Indian muntjac, made by Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771) during Captain Cooks first voyage of discovery

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Glaucus atlanticus, blue sea slug

Glaucus atlanticus, blue sea slug
Ff. 23 Vol 3. Watercolour painting by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage to explore the southern continent 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Spheniscus magellanicus, Magellanic penguin

Spheniscus magellanicus, Magellanic penguin
Ff. 83. Watercolour painting by George Forster made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Corynocarpus laevigatus, karaka tree

Corynocarpus laevigatus, karaka tree
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Marsdenia mollissima

Marsdenia mollissima
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Cynanchum crassifolium

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Moho nobilis, Hawaii o-o

Moho nobilis, Hawaii o-o
Moho nobilis. Ff. 26, watercolour by William Ellis from a collection of sketches of Mammals, Birds and Fish made on Captian James Cooks third voyage (1776-1780)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Thalassarche chlororhynchos, yellow-nosed albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos, yellow-nosed albatross

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Anas undulata, yellow-billed duck

Anas undulata, yellow-billed duck
Ff. 72. Watercolour painting by George Forster annotated Anas xanthorynchus and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Anas erythrorhyncha, red-billed duck

Anas erythrorhyncha, red-billed duck
Ff. 73. Watercolour painting by George Forster annotated Anas pyrrhoryncha and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Correa alba, white correa

Correa alba, white correa
Finished watercolour by James Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Tribulus cistoides, Jamaican feverplant

Tribulus cistoides, Jamaican feverplant
Finished watercolour by unknown artist from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Pygoscelis antarcticus, chinstrap penguin

Pygoscelis antarcticus, chinstrap penguin
Ff. 82. Watercolour painting by George Forster annotated Aptenodytes antartica and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, 1785

Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, 1785. Creator: John Webber
Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, 1785. A portrait of a Pacific princess conceals an early clash of cultures

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Native woman from Prince William's entry. 1785 (engraving)

Native woman from Prince William's entry. 1785 (engraving)
8766930 Native woman from Prince William's entry. 1785 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Native woman from Prince William's entry. ( James Cook third journey in the Pacific Ocean)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean, 1785 (engraving)

Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean, 1785 (engraving)
8766929 Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean, 1785 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean.James Cook travels. 1785); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: A native beautiful woman from Eaoo, 1785 (engraving)

A native beautiful woman from Eaoo, 1785 (engraving)
8766922 A native beautiful woman from Eaoo, 1785 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: A native beautiful woman from EAOO ( James Cook)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Native man from Kamtchaka, 1785 (engraving)

Native man from Kamtchaka, 1785 (engraving)
8766919 Native man from Kamtchaka, 1785 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Native man from Kamtchaka.( 3rd journey by Cpt. James Cook in 1785 ) 1785); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Landing at Mallicolo, 1774, c.1776 (oil on panel)

Landing at Mallicolo, 1774, c.1776 (oil on panel)
7295303 Landing at Mallicolo, 1774, c.1776 (oil on panel) by Hodges, William (1744-97); 24.1x47 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Captain James Cook, 18th century (stipple engraving)

Captain James Cook, 18th century (stipple engraving)
7295776 Captain James Cook, 18th century (stipple engraving) by Webber, John (1750-93) (after); 19.4x16.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Plates of Captain Cook Voyages, Volume I Interview between Commodore Byron and the Patagonians

Plates of Captain Cook Voyages, Volume I Interview between Commodore Byron and the Patagonians
7295522 Plates of Captain Cook Voyages, Volume I Interview between Commodore Byron and the Patagonians, 18th century (engraving); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper)

Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper)
7295484 Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper) by Cook, James (1728-79); 38.5x27 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper)

Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper)
7295483 Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper) by Cook, James (1728-79); 40.6x30.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands, 1774-97 (oil on canvas)

Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands, 1774-97 (oil on canvas)
7295301 Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands, 1774-97 (oil on canvas) by Hodges, William (1744-97) (after); 45.2x59.8 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Figure-Head from the 'Resolution' (engraving)

Figure-Head from the "Resolution" (engraving)
8647897 Figure-Head from the "Resolution" (engraving) by Australian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Figure-Head from the "Resolution". New South Wales)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: View of Namuka island, Fiji. Captain James Cook's men with natives in front of a longhouse

View of Namuka island, Fiji. Captain James Cook's men with natives in front of a longhouse
FLO4624460 View of Namuka island, Fiji. Captain James Cook's men with natives in front of a longhouse. Handcoloured copperplate engraved by Sasso after William Hodges from Giulio Ferrario's

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Captain Cook's vessel beached at the entrance of Endeavour River

Captain Cook's vessel beached at the entrance of Endeavour River, where the seaport of Cooktown now stands, 1768
1578495 Captain Cook's vessel beached at the entrance of Endeavour River, where the seaport of Cooktown now stands, 1768; (add.info)

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: The ships HMS Resolution and Discovery anchored in Moorea (Tahiti)

The ships HMS Resolution and Discovery anchored in Moorea (Tahiti), during James Cook's expeditions (1728-1779)
MMM5461758 The ships HMS Resolution and Discovery anchored in Moorea (Tahiti), during James Cook's expeditions (1728-1779), in which the painter took part in 1772-1773 by Cleveley

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: The landing at Tanna (Tana), one of the New Hebrides, 1775-76 (oil on panel)

The landing at Tanna (Tana), one of the New Hebrides, 1775-76 (oil on panel)
7295304 The landing at Tanna (Tana), one of the New Hebrides, 1775-76 (oil on panel) by Hodges, William (1744-97); 24x47 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper)

Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper)
7295486 Journal of Capt Cook's voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, 1772-75 (paper) by Cook, James (1728-79); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: The death of Captain James Cook by the Indians of Owhyee, one of the Sandwich Islands

The death of Captain James Cook by the Indians of Owhyee, one of the Sandwich Islands, 18th century (engraving)
7295578 The death of Captain James Cook by the Indians of Owhyee, one of the Sandwich Islands, 18th century (engraving, etching) by Carter, George (1737-94); 47.3x59.8 cm; National Maritime Museum

Background imageCaptain James Cook Collection: A plan of the road and harbour of Fowey or Foy by Lieutenant James Cook of the Royal Navy

A plan of the road and harbour of Fowey or Foy by Lieutenant James Cook of the Royal Navy, 1779 (copperplate engraving)
7340127 A plan of the road and harbour of Fowey or Foy by Lieutenant James Cook of the Royal Navy, 1779 (copperplate engraving) by British School, (18th Century); 73x54 cm; National Maritime Museum



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"Captain James Cook: A Legacy of Exploration, Tragedy, and Botanical Discoveries" Captain James Cook was a renowned British explorer whose voyages in the 18th century left an indelible mark on history. From his encounters with new cultures to his botanical discoveries, Captain Cook's expeditions were filled with triumphs and tragedies. In 1779, tragedy struck as Captain Cook met his untimely demise at the hands of Hawaiian natives. This unfortunate event serves as a reminder of the dangers explorers faced during their quests for knowledge and discovery. Amidst these challenges, Captain Cook also made significant contributions to botany. He encountered various plant species during his journeys, including the striking Banksia integrifolia or coastal banksia known for its unique flower spikes. The Tahitian gardenia (Gardenia taitensis) and prickly acacia tree (Acacia nilotica) were among other fascinating plants he discovered along the way. The narrow-leaved ironbark tree (Eucalyptus crebra) and Christmas tree (Metrosideros excelsa) are two more flora that caught Captain Cook's attention during his exploration. His keen interest in documenting new species expanded our understanding of the natural world. Notable moments in Captain Cook's career include taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown in 1770. This act laid foundations for future colonization efforts by European powers in Australia. While exploring diverse ecosystems, Captain Cook also encountered intriguing wildlife such as the striated caracara (Phalcoboenus australis), which fascinated him with its distinctive appearance. Additionally, he came across iconic Australian fauna like old man banksia (Banksia serrata), adding to our knowledge about biodiversity. Despite facing hardships throughout his expeditions, Captain James Cook remains an influential figure who shaped our understanding of geography, culture, and the natural world.