Paintings and Prints

The Museum has a rich collection of material relating to Captain Cook and those who sailed with him on the voyages - not forgetting his wife Elizabeth and those who stayed at home!

You will find much original voyage artwork - watercolours, pencil drawings and sketches. Equally you may find Thomas Gainsborough's evocative portrait of Lord Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty, supporter and patron of Cook. There is a wonderfully vivid pastel portrait of William Bligh, who served under Cook as Master on the Resolution. Alongside him is his adored wife Elizabeth, or Betsy as he called her.  

And much else besides!