Tuesday 1 October 2019. James Taylor on ‘Captain James Cook and the Art of Exploration’

This lecture features the official artists who travelled with Cook on his three remarkable voyages of discovery from 1768 to 1780, including Alexander Buchan, Sydney Parkinson, William Hodges and John Webber. They created sensational illustrations and artworks of the people and places of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many Pacific islands. It’s a story of navigation and discovery. The achievements of Sir Joseph Banks and John Harrison, who created the world’s first accurate time-keepers, are also featured. 

The Chief at Sta [Santa] Christina, engraving by John Halls after William Hodges (1744-97), published in Captain James Cook’s A Voyage Towards the South Pole….(1777).  (with permission of the lecturer


James Taylor

James Taylor studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester, and is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions and galleries, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, also a lecturer and ships’ historian on board cruise ships.  Publications include illustrated histories of Marine Painting (1995) and yachting art Yachts on Canvas (1998), The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin’s extraordinary adventure aboard FitzRoy’s famous survey ship (2008), Careless Talk Costs Lives: Fougasse and the Art of Public Information (2010) and Your Country Needs You: the Secret History of the Propaganda Poster (2013). He completed his PhD at the University of Sussex in 2015 on the voyager artist William Westall (1781-1850) who sailed with Commander Matthew Flinders aboard HMS ‘Investigator’ (1801-1803) the first ship to circumnavigate Australia.


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