The Right Hon: Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. K.B.President of the Royal Society. From an original Picture by T. Lawrence, Esq. R.A. in the Possession of Samuel Lysons, Esq.
Published Jan. 1 1810, by T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand, London.
Stipple. 380 x 305mm (15 x 12"), with large margins. Creased.
A portrait of Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) after Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), seated with left arm resting on a volume labelled 'Royal Society', to which he was elected in 1766. Banks, a botanist, naturalist and patron of the natural sciences, took part in Captain James Cook's first Circumnavigation (1768-1771). He was the leading founder of the African Association, the British organization dedicated to the exploration of Africa, and a member of the Society of Dilettanti, which helped to establish the Royal Academy.
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