Portraits of Captain James King and Hawkesworth. B. THORNTON, engraver.
Portraits of Captain James King and Hawkesworth.
Portraits of Captain James King and Hawkesworth.

Portraits of Captain James King and Hawkesworth.

London: Alex Hogg, n.d., but circa 1784.

Pair of engraved portraits on single sheet, 240 x 380 mm.

Cook's editors

Striking oval portraits of two men involved in the publication of Cook's voyages, from Anderson's Voyages of Captain Cook. Hawkesworth was of course the writer who published Cook's first voyage (Cook was among many who disliked the results)

Striking oval portraits of two men involved in the publication of Cook's voyages, from Anderson's Voyages of Captain Cook. Hawkesworth was of course the writer who published Cook's first voyage (Cook was among many who disliked the results)

In 1771 John Hawkesworth (c.1720-1773) was appointed by Lord Sandwich, then first Lord of the Admiralty, to revise and publish Cook's voyages to the Pacific. This was issued in three volumes, quarto, and covers narrative edited from Cook's journals of his first voyage, plus the voyages of several of his predecessors in the Southern oceans. James King (1750-1784) was the astronomer recommended by Dr Thomas Hornsby to accompany Cook's third voyage. He was appointed to the Resolution as second lieutenant and reportedly was ashore taking sights at the time of Cook's death in 1779. Following Cook's death he helped lead the ships on the remainder of the voyage, also completing Cook's account of the voyage prior to his early death from tuberculosis.

Nan Kivell and Spence, p. 141.

Condition Report: Good.

Price (AUD): $725.00

US$534.14   Other currencies

Ref: #3007746

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