C1860

Captain Cook OB.1779. From the Original Picture by Dance, in the Gallery of Greenwich Hospital.

Engraved c.19th head and shoulder portrait of Cook based on the oil portrait by Nathaniel Dance which is considered to be the best likeness of Cook made. The Dance oil portrayed Cook in captain’s full-dress uniform, consisting of a navy … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Captain Cook OB.1779. From the Original Picture by Dance, in the Gallery of Greenwich Hospital.

Date:

C1860

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 250mm

Paper Size: 

167mm 
x 260mm
AUTHENTICITY
Captain Cook OB.1779. From the Original Picture by Dance, in the Gallery of Greenwich Hospital. - Antique Print from 1860

Genuine antique
dated:

1860

Description:

Engraved c.19th head and shoulder portrait of Cook based on the oil portrait by Nathaniel Dance which is considered to be the best likeness of Cook made.

The Dance oil portrayed Cook in captain’s full-dress uniform, consisting of a navy blue jacket and white breeches, white waistcoat embellished with gold braid and buttons. He wears a grey wig or his own hair powdered and holds his own chart of the Southern hemisphere while his right hand points to the east coast of Australia. Cook had returned from his second voyage in 1775 and had sat for this portrait, commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks, ‘for a few hours before dinner’ on 25 May 1776. This portrait had hung over the fireplace in the library of Bank’s London house. Samwell, surgeon’s mate in the ‘Resolution’ on the second voyage and surgeon on the ‘Discovery’ on the third, thought it ‘a most excellent likeness … and … the only one I have seen that bears any resemblance to him’.

References:
Beddie 3356

Collections:
National Library of Australia: Bib ID2102753

Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811)

Dance studied under Francis Hayman and abroad in Italy. On his return to England, he became a successful portrait painter. He was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. Some of his most famous portraits include; Captain James Cook, King George III and his queen and the famous actor David Garrick.

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