Title: The Death of Captain James Cook, by Johann Zoffany.
Description: In January 1779 Cook spent some weeks refitting at Hawaii. Soon afterwards he was forced to return because of further damage to the 'Resolution'. The Hawaiians, friendly on the first occasion, were now hostile. A large crowd gathered and attacked the landing party. In the resulting confusion Cook was stabbed before his guard of marines could intervene. This canvas, which appears to be unfinished, was painted by the famous portrait and history painter, Johann Zoffany. He may well have been influenced in his choice of subject by a play, 'The Death of Cook', running at Covent Garden at the time. The poses of the two main figures are taken from well known classical statues.
Creator: Johann Zoffany (1733-1810)
Date: c. February 1779
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London