C1773

[Captain John Byron and landing party in the Strait of Magellan.]

Rare engraving of Captain John Byron landing a party at Patagonia, Strait of Magellan on Friday 21 December, 1764. He describes the chief; ‘he was of a gigantic stature, and seemed to realize the tales of monsters in a human … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Captain John Byron and landing party in the Strait of Magellan.]

Date:

C1773

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

397mm 
x 290mm

Paper Size: 

500mm 
x 300mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Captain John Byron and landing party in the Strait of Magellan.] - Antique View from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

Rare engraving of Captain John Byron landing a party at Patagonia, Strait of Magellan on Friday 21 December, 1764. He describes the chief; ‘he was of a gigantic stature, and seemed to realize the tales of monsters in a human shape…not much less than seven feet.’ This was part of the myth of the Patogonian Giants first mentioned in the accounts of Magellan’s voyage in the 1520’s.

From Hawkesworth, J. An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty, for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour : drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several commanders, and from the papers of Joseph Banks, Esq

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970 650.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 861232
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 910.41 H31V
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS Q77/16
State Library South Australia: 990T

Vice Admiral The Hon. John Byron, RN (1723 - 1786)

Vice Admiral The Hon. John Byron, RN (1723-1786) was a Royal Navy officer, nicknamed Foul-weather Jack because of his frequent encounters with bad weather at sea. He sailed with George Anson as a midshipman, on his voyage around the world and circumnavigated the world commodore with his own squadron in 1764-1766. He rose to Vice Admiral of the White before his death in 1786.

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