Sir Joseph Banks wearing his Orders…

Paris: 1826.

A large lithograph; paper size 55 x 35 cms.

A French portrait in lithography of the "the Father of Australia"

Lithograph portrait of Sir Joseph Banks by Pierre Louis Grevendon (also known as Henri Grevedon); lithographed by C. Motte.

Lithograph portrait of Sir Joseph Banks by Pierre Louis Grevendon (also known as Henri Grevedon); lithographed by C. Motte.

A fine head-and-shoulders portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, the powerful President of London's Royal Society for more than forty years from 1778 to 1820.

Banks travelled on the voyage of the "Endeavour", commanded by James Cook. On the three-year trip, he and Daniel Solander collected hundreds of specimens of plants and animals of the South Seas "and for the rest of his life Banks was one of the sparkling stars of enlightenment London. It was he who endorsed New South Wales as a site for a penal settlement; he was a patron of Matthew Flinders and others; and he corresponded zestfully with all the early governors of New South Wales. From 1788 to about 1810, though Banks held no official post (there was no 'master plan' for the settlement of the Colony, nor Department to administer it) he was a continuous advocate for the colony and his role as effective head of Australian affairs was widely acknowledged" (NPG).

This French lithograph was clearly inspired by the famous depiction of Banks by the English artist Sir Thomas Phillips. Pierre Louis Grevendon, artist and printmaker, exhibited from 1824-1859 in Paris at the Salon. His earlier life included working with Jean Baptiste Regnault at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris and travelling to Russia, Stockholm and England.

This sensitive and skilled portrait is recorded in "Portraits of the Famous and Infamous" by Nan Kivell (page 20) and shows Banks wearing orders including the insignia of the Red Ribbon of the Order of the Bath which was awarded to him by his friend and fellow sheep enthusiast, King George III ('Farmer George') in 1795.

Price (AUD): $3,500.00  other currencies Ref: #4504808

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