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Embroidered map on linen depicting the voyages of Captain James Cook in the Western Hemisphere

Elizabeth Cookc 1800

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This embroidered map is attributed to Elizabeth Cook, the wife of Captain James Cook. It depicts the western hemisphere and route of Cook's three voyages to the Pacific. The four corners of the cloth are decorated with embroidered floral sprigs and the map is marked with lines of longitude and latitude. Cook's three expeditions greatly improved European knowledge of Australia and the Pacific region. Narratives, charts and illustrations representing the voyages were popular with British society at the time.

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  • Title: Embroidered map on linen depicting the voyages of Captain James Cook in the Western Hemisphere
  • Creator: Elizabeth Cook
  • Date: c 1800
  • Location: England
  • Type: Embroidery
  • Significance: This embroidered map reflects recreational activities for women during the 18th and 19th centuries. It also highlights the interest and fascination that Cook's Pacific expeditions generated and his significant contribution to exploration in the region.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Textile; linen and silk
  • Dimensions: 745 x 550 x 35 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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