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This copy of a portrait by an unknown artist is the only known image of Elizabeth Batts (1741–1835), Cook's wife. The original is in Australia. After their marriage in 1762, they lived first at Shadwell before moving to Mile End, which was quieter and not so close to the busy riverside. Soon after their marriage Cook returned to Canada where he was charged with surveying the coast of Newfoundland. For the next few years he sailed for Newfoundland every spring, returning in November or December to complete the work on his charts and drawings.
In later life Elizabeth moved to Clapham where her cousin Isaac Smith lived. She continued to receive relatives and friends who came to admire the many relics and maps which filled the house, but apparently destroyed any letters from Cook to her. She was buried with two of her sons in Cambridge.
oil on canvas
H 43 x W 34 cm
commissioned copy from the artist from an original in Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales