Cook and the Kangaroo

An exhibition inspired by George Stubbs' Kangaroo painting, which is on a UK tour after being acquired by the National Maritime Museum with support from the Art Fund.

George Stubbs, The Kongouro from New Holland, 1772 National Maritime Museum

George Stubbs, The Kongouro from New Holland, 1772

On his return in 1771 from Captain Cook’s ‘first voyage of discovery’ – which had taken him from Brazil to New Zealand and Australia – the eminent naturalist Sir Joseph Banks commissioned two paintings from the artist George Stubbs. The Kongouro from New Holland and Portrait of a Large Dog, were the only animal portraits that the artist did not paint from life, instead based on Banks’s observations. These provided the first glimpses of Australian creatures to Europe.

This spring The Kongouro from New Holland – which has been on an Art Fund supported tour of the UK – provides the centrepiece of the Horniman Museum's exhibition exploring Cook's adventures. It is shown alongside a taxidermy mount of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and images of other exotic animals painted by Stubbs in the Georgian period.

Venue details

Horniman Museum and Gardens 100 London Road, Forest Hill London SE23 3PQ 020 8699 1872

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass

Daily, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Daily, Mon – Sat, 7.15am – sunset
Sun and Bank Holidays, 8am ​– sunset

Closed 25 Dec