A view in the island of Pulo Condore by John Webber

As the official artist on Captain Cook’s third and final voyage (1776-1780), John Webber – a young man of Swiss-German origin – was charged with recording the places, people, objects and events encountered on the expedition.


Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
25 × 29.5cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £35,000)
Acquired in:
Martyn Gregory Gallery

Sixty-three of Webber’s pictures were then used to illustrate the official account of the voyage, published in 1784. Webber was the first European artist to visit many of the places on the trip, and this scene on Pulo Condore (now the Vietnamese island of Côn Son) is a unique record of the island at that time.


Mrs Simpson, Sydney (1930-2003); Martyn Gregory, 2005

Venue details

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Walker's House, Grape Lane, WHITBY North Yorkshire YO22 4BA 01947 601 900 www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.80)

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