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This exhibition is dedicated to work, painting, prints and drawings commissioned by Captain Cook during his discovery of the Pacific.
The result of this commission was exceptional in Europe and, influenced forever how the European saw the Pacific from a far away distance.
In the 18th century, it was the first time people saw animal such as a kangaroo. The exhibition displays painting by George Stubbs – the first depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo in Western art.
All the landscapes, portraits, daily life scene were pictured in the Pacific islands and have been painted by artists such as William Hodges and John Webber as well as botanical prints based on drawings by Sydney Parkinson.
Cook brought back accounts and images of extraordinary lands, peoples, flora and fauna. Artists played a crucial role on his three voyages of discovery, producing both scientific records and imaginative responses to the unfamiliar lands that he encountered.