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The Art of the Voyages of Captain James Cook Professor Prasannajit de Silva Wednesday 28 November 2018


Little Baddow Memorial Hall, Little Baddow, Chelmsford CM3 4TA

 10.00 am - 2.30 pm 

Cost £32 per person inc lunch and soft drinks

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Captain Cook led three expeditions to the Pacific in the 1760s and 1770s. In addition to their important role in the history of European exploration, they are notable for being the first such voyages to include professional artists among the crew. These artists played a critical role in recording the places visited and the people, flora and fauna encountered on the voyages. How did they deal with the novel surroundings encountered, and how did their work go on to shape European understanding of those settings?

Professor Prasannajit de Silva completed his doctorate in 2007, researching the art of the British in India during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His lectures cover British visual culture of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, including art produced in various colonial settings He is particularly interested in the relationship of aspects of art, architecture and design to their broader cultural, social and political contexts, and also teaches courses on the methods and theoretical approaches of art history. His current work includes the role of Associated Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Image: William Hodges, View of the Island of Otaheite 1773 (Trustees of theBritish Museum)