A Study from Nature, of an Old Man who sailed with Captain Cook on his First Voyage by William Henry Hunt

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


42.7 x 39 cm
Art Fund grant:
£9,000 ( Total: £12,000)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

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

Venue details

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough Cleveland TS7 8AT 01642 311211 www.captcook-ne.co.uk/ccbm

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £2.40)

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1 June 2017 – 29 October 2017
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