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William Wade Ellis (1751 – 1785) was a surgeon's mate on Captain James Cook's voyages, an artist and naturalist. His middle name was wrongly identified as Webb in some sources. He is known largely from the paintings of natural history subjects that he made during Captain Cook's voyages.
thumb|left|The now extinct ''[[Hemignathus obscurus, illustration by Ellis]]
Ellis was baptized on 11 June 1751 at Ely Cathedral, born to Thomas, canon at Ely Cathedral, and Elizabeth. A brother became a vicar at Melbourn, Cambridgeshire. Little is known of his early life but he was described by David Samwell, surgeon on HMS Discovery as "a genteel young fellow and of good education". He served on all three of Captain Cook's voyages and may have improved his artistic skills through the influence of John Webber after moving from HMS Discovery to the HMS Resolution. Descriptions of specimens in his notebooks suggest that he was scientifically trained and had a knowledge of Latin but claims that he trained at Cambridge University and at St. Bartholomew's Hospital have not been supported by evidence.

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