Captain James Cook

Collection Type

  • Art


ca. 1779




Framed engraving of a seated man wearing a long cat and pointing at a map lying on a table next to a tri-cornered hat. Five buttons are undone on the man's coat and there is a mock frame around the picture.


Descriptive Terms

engravings (prints)
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)


"N Dance Pinxt / J.K. Sherwin Sculp / Captain James Cook / Published April 20th 1779 by / I.K. Sherwin No. 234 Strand." (printed)
"Captain James Cook, Circumnavigator. / Engraving by Sherwin after painting by Dance 9 1/2 x 12 London 178- / In May 1776 Captain Cook sat for a portrait to Dance. / It now hangs in the painted Chamber at Greenwich Hospital. It / was soon after engraved by Sherwin and has always been consi- / dered the finest representation of Cook. Dr. Samwell the / surgeon on the last voyage says 'the plate engraved by Sherwin / after a painting by Dance is the most excellent likeness and / the only one I have seen that bears any resemblance to him". / (Kitson page 342). / The artist Nathaniel Dance, 1735-1811, studied art with / and was a friend of Angelica Kaufman. He was one of the / founders of the Royal Academy and a most successful portrait / painter. He became a baronet and assumed the additional name of / Holland as sir Nathaniel Dance - Holland. This portrait of Cook / and one of Garrick as Richard III are his best known works. / The engraver John Keyse Sherwin, 1751-1790, was a / pupil of Bartolozzi. He was one of the most eminent engravers / of his time. / Stephen W. Phillips / Haw. Col. No. 344 / Sixteen, June, 1922," (typed)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number



Sherwin, John Keyse, 1751-1790 (Artist)
After Dance-Holland, Nathaniel, 1735-1811 (Artist)


19 14/16 x 16 9/16 x 4/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

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