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Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820


Object connections:

User collections Captain Cook's First Voyage by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Banks, Joseph
Vessels1743-1820, Naturalist

Object details:

Object ID PAD3304
Description Drawing: with touches of white bodycolour. The National Portrait Gallery has a left-profile pencil head study of Banks by Sir Francis Chantrey which they date to c. 1819. The similarity of the hairline and hairstyle style in this drawing, and the dress, suggest it is of about the same date. Banks, a wealthy young Lincolnshire landowner and already an amateur botanist of note (FRS 1766), sailed with Cook on his first Pacific voyage in the 'Endeavour',1768-71, together with his own privately funded scientific 'suite', notably the botanist Daniel Solander and the artist Sydney Parkinson. The specimens and records he brought back were the foundation on which he built his subsequent career as influential royal adviser on scientific matters and long-term president of the Royal Society.
Date made about 1819

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials watercolour
Measurements Mount: 189 mm x 158 mm
  • Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820 (PAD3304)
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