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Royal Society's Missing Cook
The Royal Society's Missing Cook, or Have You Seen This Painting?
The Royal Society of Victoria once owned a large oil painting whose subject was Captain Cook taking possession of the Australian continent on behalf of the British Crown in 1770. It was painted by Jersey-born artist John Alexander Gilfillan in Australia in the years following the gold rush, and was donated by the artist to the Society in 1859. Although large (the dimensions were never recorded) the painting has mysteriously disappeared, last mentioned in the Society’s minute books in 1947.
Have you seen this painting?
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