John Hawksworth, L.L.D.
Stipple engraving, 176 x 115mm (7 x 4Ĺ").
John Hawkesworth (c.1715 - 1773) compiled ĎAn Account of the Voyages undertaken by order of his present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere...', 1773, which contained the official account of Captain Cook's first circumnavigation. Adverse criticism to the book affected his health and he died the year of publication. This is engraved from a portrait by Reynolds. According to DNB, 'Hawkesworth appears to have sat to Sir Joshua Reynolds four times, viz.: in September 1769, January 1770, October 1772, and July 1773'. It also notes that 'Malone also records that Sir Joshua Reynolds told him that Hawkesworth was latterly Ďan affected insincere man and a great coxcomb in his dress'.
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