Captain John Hunter. HUNTER, H. DIGHTON, after.

Captain John Hunter.

London: J. Stockdale, 1792.

Engraving, 280 x 215 mm. (sheet size), good condition overall.

Portrait of Captain Hunter seated, in naval uniform and holding papers in his left hand (one of which depicts a ship passing between two headlands).

Portrait of Captain Hunter seated, in naval uniform and holding papers in his left hand (one of which depicts a ship passing between two headlands).
Captain John Hunter (1737 - 1821) was appointed second captain, under Governor Phillip, of the "Sirius", one of the First Fleet to Australia in 1787; and he later became second Governor of New South Wales (1795 - 1800). Upon first arriving at Botany Bay, the proposed site of the settlement, Hunter joined Philip in surveying the area before deciding upon Port Jackson as a preferred option for landing. Later, in an effort to obtain replacement grains for the starving colony at Cape of Good Hope, the Sirius under Hunter's command was lost on the treacherous reefs off Norfolk Island, causing him to be stranded there for eleven months. As Governor he was criticised for his lack of control over the rum trade that had gained a strong foothold amongst the New South Wales Corps. He left the Colony Sept.1800 (see p.155 Nan Kivell Portraits of the Famous and Infamous).
This attractive mezzotint was published in September 1792 by John Stockdale, to form the frontispiece for Hunter's Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson, published the following year.

Nan Kivell, p.155.

Price (AUD): $650.00  other currencies     Ref: #4307540

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