Line engraving on india, platemark 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Proof before all letters.
James Cook (1728 - 1779), explorer. The son of a Yorkshire labourer, Cook learned his seamanship on small East-coast traders. He was chosen to command the Endeavour in 1768, and made three important voyages of discovery to the South and North Pacific, which included the first British landing in Australia. He was killed in Hawaii during a skirmish. One of at least fourteen engravings made from the famous 1776 portrait of Cook by Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811), which was commissioned by the explorer Sir Joseph Banks (London, National Maritime Museum).
For other engravings from the same Dance portrait see refs 4577, 10791, etc
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