Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
It is interesting that our predecessors often erected a monument and then caged it in with railings. Were they implying that the monument was too sacred for the public to approach, or that the public were not to be trusted, or both? I do not think that graffitti was a problem in the early 1900s, so it cannot have been the latter. Today the railings are no longer there, and the monument looks a lot better for it.
We'd love you to add this photo to the National Maritime Museum's group Travellers' Tails.
This group has been set up to collate photographic responses to the exhibition The Art and Science of Exploration: 1768-80 at the National Maritime Museum and touring to the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, the Hunterian Museum and Horniman Museum and Gardens.
The exhibition aims to explore Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery, as well as the exchange of ideas and experiences around travel and exploration and investigate key questions around the history of art, science and exploration and what this means today, drawing on George Stubbs’ Enlightenment era paintings of a kangaroo and dingo, recently acquired by the National Maritime Museum.
We’d love to see your photographs - please help us build a gallery of images to enrich the group!