John Webber (Biographical details)

John Webber (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male; 1751 - 1793)

Also known as

Webber, John; Weber, John; Webber, G


312 Oxford Street, London (in 1788-91)


Painter and etcher. Born in England to Swiss parents; trained in Switzerland under Aberli, and later spent five years in Paris. In London again in 1770s. Exhibited RA in 1776, which led to appointment to accompany Captain Cook on the 3rd voyage to the South Pacific 1776-80. On return produced drawings for the official publication, and later in 1787-92 published his own set of views of the South Seas. ARA 1785, RA 1791. Died in London of kidney disease, leaving a substantial estate which was sold by his brother in two sales at Cristie's, with the exception of his ethnographical collection which he bequeathed to the Library of Bern.

The main collection of his South Seas drawings is not in the BM, but is in the British Library, see Add.Mss.15513-4 and Add.Ms.17277.