Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands

Oil painting. The painting portrays the initial establishment of a contact between peoples of different cultures; the British Navy and the inhabitants of Middleburg in the Friendly Islands. Captain Cook is being taken ashore while his ship moors off the coast. An inhabitant of the islands is holding aloft a branch to symbolise peaceful intent to the crew. The inhabitants are depicted as curious and welcoming. The painting powerfully symbolises the moment from which an exchange of cultures may take place.

Object Details

ID: BHC1802
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Hodges, after William
Date made: 1774-1797
People: Cook, James
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by Captain A. W. F. Fuller through The Art Fund
Measurements: Frame: 572 mm x 700 mm x 54 mm;Painting: 452 x 598 mm;Overall: 3.6 kg;

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