C1860

Sir Joseph Banks Bart. K.B. P.R.S.

Artist:

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830)

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S/N: ACNSW-POR-AA-101-BW–226470
(C124)
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Full Title:

Sir Joseph Banks Bart. K.B. P.R.S.

Date:

C1860

Artist:

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 205mm

Description:

Decorative portrait of Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) shown as president of the Royal Society and wearing the insignia of the Order of the Bath.

Banks was a naturalist and traveller and the inspiration behind many of the British voyages and discoveries of the late eighteenth century. He developed a love of botany while at Christ Church, Oxford and was elected to the Royal Society in 1766. In 1768-71, he travelled in the Endeavour on James Cook’s first voyage, having had the ship fitted out at his own expense. After returning to England, he became a great proponent for the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay, earning him the title of ‘Father of Australia’. His interest and support for Australia remained with him all his life.

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