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Title: Captain / James Cook / 17 Born 27 / Murdered / On St. Valentines Day / At / Owhyee. / 1779 [watercolour on ivory miniature, ca. 1780]

Creator: Unknown

Location repository: State Library of New South Wales

Repository work id number: MIN 116

Title type: inscribed

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Descriptive note: Encased in oval shaped gilt frame with glass front. At the top of the frame are two metal loops (1.2 cm) to suspend or hang frame. Henry M.C. Alexander believed that the portrait was painted by John Singleton Copley the elder. Transferred from Australian Museum, Oct. 1955. Purchased by Sir Saul Samuel (1820-1900), New South Wales Agent-General in London, in 1887 from Rear-Admiral Henry M.C. Alexander who stated it had been obtained from a dealer in Cork to whom it was sold by Mrs Elizabeth Cook (Captain Cook's widow), when she was in poor circumstances.


Earliest date: c. 1780

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Inscriptions: Titled on reverse of metal frame: "Captain / James Cook / 17 Born 27 / Murdered / On St. Valentines Day / At / Owhyee / 1779"

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Language: English

Latest date: c. 1780

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Materials techniques: watercolour

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Measurements: 7.7 x 6.3 cm

Object work type: drawing


Record source: PICMAN Catalogue (online)

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