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George Forster

Photo credit: Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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George (or Georg as he is often called) accompanied his father, Johann Reinhold Forster, on Cook’s Second Voyage. He was an excellent naturalist, talented watercolour artist, and a perceptive observer. He also seems to have been much more popular both with the crew and with Cook than his father, the difficult but immensely learned scientist officially appointed to the Voyage. George (1754–1794) was the oldest of Johann Reinhold’s seven surviving children, and was born near Gdansk in modern Poland.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum





oil on canvas


H 56 x W 48 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mrs Anne von Greyerz, 2005

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