Britannia crowns Captain Cook, flanked by the Gods of Empire. Cornelius PAAS.

Britannia crowns Captain Cook, flanked by the Gods of Empire.

London: 53 High Holborn, circa 1780.

Engraved plate, 327 x 210mm. (plate size), fine.

Barbarously murdered by a lesser James Cook

The mythology of discovery and empire. The full caption title reads: "Britannia seated on an eminence, with a lion at her feet. Neptune introduces Captain Cook, whom she instantly crowns with Laurel. Behind Britannia, History waits to record the New Discoveries".

The mythology of discovery and empire. The full caption title reads: "Britannia seated on an eminence, with a lion at her feet. Neptune introduces Captain Cook, whom she instantly crowns with Laurel. Behind Britannia, History waits to record the New Discoveries".
In a curious coincidence of names, the engraver Cornelius Pass 'was barbarously murdered in a fight over an outstanding bill by James Cook, a bookbinder, at Leicester in May 1832' (British Map Engravers p.507).

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