Group of drawings of Kamchatkan natives by John Webber

Webber was official artist on Cook's Third Voyage of discovery.


Pencil, crayon & chalk & sepia wash on paper
From 29 x 20 cm to 35 x 25 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £241,971)
Acquired in:
Hordern House

These 6 drawings are the first representation by a European artist of Kamchatka and its peoples. They show a humanity and sympathy with their subjects while at the same time providing a unique ethnographic 'field study' of early contacts.


Francis Edwards, 1932; Francis Farquhar (1887-1974); bequeathed to his wife (who died in 2000); R David Parsons; Hordern House, Sydney.

Venue details

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

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.80)

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