Memorial: M883

Statue in the Mall, London dedicated to Captain James Cook RN d. 1799

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Location

Admiralty Arch end of Mall, London, England

Transcript

'CAPTAIN JAMES COOK / R.N., F.R.S. / BORN 1728 DIED 1779 / CIRCUMNAVIGATOR OF THE GLOBE EXPLORER OF / THE PACIFIC OCEAN HE LAID THE FOUNDATIONS OF / THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND / CHARTED THE SHORES OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND TRAVERSED / THE OCEAN GATES OF CANADA BOTH EAST AND WEST / UNVEILED BY H.R.H. PRINCE ARTHUR OF CONNAUGHT / ON BEHALF OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE LEAGUE 7 JULY 1914'

Details

Description: A full-length figure standing in front of a capstan with foot on a coil of rope. The stone plinth carved with ship's bows and a globe within a wreath.


Type: Statue
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Thomas Brock
Vessel: HMB Endeavor

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Unexecuted design for a memorial to Cook by Thomas Banks in British Museum. Another statue in Victoria Square, Christchurch, New Zealand. Monument at Point Venus, Tahiti. PRO WORK20-184.
Bibliography: Arthur Byron 'London Statues: a guide to London's outdoor statues and sculpture' (London, 1981) p. 98.

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