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On View East India Marine Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Michele Felice Corne (Italian and American, 1752-1845)
  • Captain James Cook, 1803
  • Oil on canvas
  • Salem, Massachusetts, United States
  • H: 27 3/4 in, W: 20 in (H: 70.5 cm, W: 50.8 cm)
  • Gift of Thomas W. Ward, 1907
  • M3385
Michele Felice Cornè (Italian American, 1753-1845) Captain James Cook, 1803 Oil on canvas United States Gift of Thomas W. Ward (East India Marine Society Member), 1803 M3385 Captain James Cook (1728-1779), the British navigator, made several voyages of discovery. He and his crew were the first Europeans to make contact with the inhabitants of New Caledonia in the South Pacific and the Sandwich Islands (now called the Hawaiian Islands). Mariners around the world considered Cook a heroic figure. In 1803, the East India Marine Society commissioned the artist Michele Felice Cornè to paint this portrait, which is based on an engraving. Cornè charged the society $13 for it.


Signed lower left corner of painting, "M. Corne pinxit" and signed in lower right corner of painting is "Salem-1803". Written on the back of canvas is, "Captain James Cook, E.R.S./ born Nov 3. 1728. Died Feb 14. 1772."


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a portrait of Captain James Cook (1738 - 1779). He sits in a 3/4 pose, visible from the waist up. Captain Cook wears a uniform navy blue jacket with anchor designs on the brass buttons, a white vest and blouse.

Exhibition History

  • Michele Felice Corne: Versatile Neapolitan Painter, Peabody Museum of Salem, Salem, MA.; June 01, 1972 through August 30, 1972
  • East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum; November 15, 2013 through Present