Dr. Hawkesworth.Of Dr. John Hawkesworth, one of our most amiable moral writers, few particulars are known [...]
Publish'd by Harrison & Co Dec.r 1794.
Line engraving with letterpress, sheet 215 x 135mm (8½ x 5¼").
John Hawkesworth (c.1720 - 1773), writer. He is said to have been clerk to an attorney, and was certainly self-educated. In 1744, he succeeded Samuel Johnson as compiler of the parliamentary debates for the Gentleman's Magazine. In company with Johnson and others, he started a periodical called 'The Adventurer', which ran to 140 issues, of which 70 were from the pen of Hawkesworth himself. Hawkesworth was a close imitator of Johnson both in style and thought, and was at one time on very friendly terms with him. It is said that he presumed on his success, and lost Johnson's friendship as early as 1756. Hawkesworth is most remembered today for his compiling of the three-volume 'An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere...', which contained the official account of James Cook's first circumnavigation, on which Cook mapped New Zealand and the east coast of Australia accurately for the first the time. 'As a man of versatile talents who was widely read and a leading figure in the cultural life of eighteenth-century London, his virtual eclipse in the twentieth century seems curious' (DNB). Plate from the 'Biographical Magazine' of 1794 with biographical sketch.
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