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Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands

BHC1802
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
User collections Captain Cook's Second Voyage by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Cook, James

Object details:

Object ID BHC1802
Description Oil painting. The painting portrays the initial establishment of a contact between peoples of different cultures; the British Navy and the inhabitants of Middleburg in the Friendly Islands. Captain Cook is being taken ashore while his ship moors off the coast. An inhabitant of the islands is holding aloft a branch to symbolise peaceful intent to the crew. The inhabitants are depicted as curious and welcoming. The painting powerfully symbolises the moment from which an exchange of cultures may take place.
Date made 1774-1797

Artist/Maker Hodges, after William
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by Captain A. W. F. Fuller through The Art Fund
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 572 mm x 700 mm x 54 mm;Painting: 452 x 598 mm;Overall: 3.6 kg;
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  • Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands (BHC1802)
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