C1886

James Cook

Artist:

Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811)

Large engraved portrait of James 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 … Read Full Description

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S/N: PAA-POR-1001-BEDDIE-3288–200305
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Full Title:

James Cook

Date:

C1886

Artist:

Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811)

Engraver:

William Macleod 
(1850 – 
1929)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 250mm

Paper Size: 

250mm 
x 345mm
AUTHENTICITY
James Cook - Antique Print from 1886

Genuine antique
dated:

1886

Description:

Large engraved portrait of James 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. Banks had sailed with Cook on his first voyage in the ‘Endeavour’ and took an influential interest in his subsequent ones. 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: PFAI pg 73, Beddie 3288

Artist:

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.

William Macleod (1850-1929)

Colonial artist born 1850 in London arrived in Australia with his family who emigrated to join the gold rush in Victoria. After the death of her husband in 1855 Julia settled in Sydney, where she married the portrait painter James Anderson.

Macleod trained with the Sydney artist Edmund Thomas at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts and was known first, as William Macleod Anderson or James Anderson. He travelled widely and won a reputation as a painter of portraits and cattle, a designer of stained-glass windows, and as illustrator with journals such as the Sydney Mail, the Australian Town and Country Journal and Queensland Punch.

Macleod joined the Bulletin full time in 1886 in response to a plea from Archibald following the departure of W.H.Traill. They became joint owners in 1887, Macleod was the Bulletin‘s managing director for the next forty years.

Macleod worked in a variety of art forms from stained glass to black-and-white drawing, oils, watercolour, engraving, lithography, clay modelling and sculpture. His strength was as an illustrator. In later life Macleod lived at Dunvegan, Mosman, where he painted, played bowls with zeal, and was a genial and kindly host.

His works are represented in a number of institutional collections such as, in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia.

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