This is a rare portrait of an aged survivor of James Cook's first great voyage of scientific discovery.

Images of crew members tend to be of commissioned officers or those who went onto prominent careers in the navy. Although the subject is unknown, he seems to be a retired mariner in an ecclesiastical-type setting. He is possibly one of only 3 surviving crew members at the time it was painted.


W Prior, 1828; private collection, UK; Michael Pybus Gallery, Whitby

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS7 8AT
01642 311211

Opening times

Easter – November 2019
Tues – Sun 10.30am-3.30pm
Last entry to museum galleries 2:45pm

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