Observing the image

Student activities

Task no. 1

Observing the image


What is Captain Cook wearing in this image?
How has the artist shown the texture of the clothing? Look closely!
This is a black and white image but there is a lot of grey – how many different shades of grey can you see?

Imagine you are Captain Cook – how long do you think you would have to sit still to have this portrait drawn?

26. Capt. James Cook, F.R.S. / Painted by N. Dance. Engraved by T. Wright, 1700s
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