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The Death of Captain Cook

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2006,Prt.139

  • Title (object)

    • The Death of Captain Cook
  • Description

    Print. Captain Cook at the edge of the shore at Kealakekua Bay, Polynesian natives behind him brandishing spears, one of whom raises a stave to stab the captain who holds a gun and gestures to left in an attempt to stop his companions firing on the crowd, while they put away in a boat, some swimming towards it, other still on shore, fighting for their lives and an officer in the foreground turning to fire at his Captain's attacker; after Webber. 1784.
    Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 centimetres (print)
    • Width: 60.5 centimetres (print)
    • Height: 48 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 60.5 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of print
      • Inscription Content

        To the Right Honourable Lords Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain
        This PLATE representing THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN COOK is hearby inscribed By their LORDSHIPS most obedient and devoted servant JOHN WEBBER
        Published as the Act directs ... 1784, by J. Webber, No 312, Oxford Street and W Byrne, No 70 Titchfield Street, London. The landscape by W. Byrne.

        The Figures Engraved by F.Bartolozzi, R.A. Engraver to His Majesty.
      • Inscription Comment

        printed in ink
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of print
      • Inscription Content

        KXR.OC.47
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of print
      • Inscription Content

        Ethno 12
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Related image: Oc2006-PRT131, Oc2006-PRT134, , Oc2006-PRT135 and Oc2006-PRT140.

  • Bibliography

    • Calabi & De Vesme 1928 541 (undescribed state between II and III) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Worn at the edges.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Cook's Voyage to the Pacific Ocean
  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2006,Prt.139

  • Additional IDs

    • Ethno12
    • KXT.Oc.47 (Old BM series number)
Print. View of a beach and an expanse of stormy water, with a group of White men standing in a boat and at the edge of the beach, many are holding guns and shooting at a group of men standing on the beach, many holding clubs; Captain Cook is standing on the beach holding a gun, and a man is about to stab Cook from behind in the neck with a dagger.1784.  Etching and engraving

Print. View of a beach and an expanse of stormy water, with a group of White men standing in a boat and at the edge of the beach, many are holding guns and shooting at a group of men standing on the beach, many holding clubs; Captain Cook is standing on the beach holding a gun, and a man is about to stab Cook from behind in the neck with a dagger.1784. Etching and engraving

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