Sepia Portrait of Capt. James Cook. COOK: PORTRAIT, John WEBBER, Francesco BARTOLOZZI.

Portrait of Capt. James Cook.
Sepia Portrait of Capt. James Cook.

London: J.Webber, June 4, 1784.

Stipple engraving, oval 120 x 95 mm, printed in sepia; a proof before letters; mounted.

Proof impression before letters

Rare proof impression before letters of John Webber's and Francesco Bartolozzi's fine oval portrait of Captain Cook. This portrait has a very large margin, unusual for this decorative oval shape, which is perhaps more often seen clipped to fit an oval frame.

Rare proof impression before letters of John Webber's and Francesco Bartolozzi's fine oval portrait of Captain Cook. This portrait has a very large margin, unusual for this decorative oval shape, which is perhaps more often seen clipped to fit an oval frame.

The original portrait of Cook was painted by Webber in 1776 and has been in London's National Portrait Gallery since 1858. Webber had collaborated with Bartolozzi earlier in 1784 to execute his famous depiction of the death of Cook, and the relationship was evidently a happy one, as they also issued the rare oval version of the depiction of Cook's death as well as this portrait. It is fair to say that the original painting of Cook has not met with universal acclaim: Beaglehole claims that on first viewing Mrs Cook exclaimed 'Who is that low villain?' (Beaglehole, On the Character of Captain James Cook, p. 418).

Born in Florence in 1728, Bartolozzi arrived in 1764 in England where he worked for the next three decades. He introduced the vogue of "stippled" engraving and this portrait is a particularly good example of his work.

Beddie, 3599 & 3600; Joppien & Smith, 3.451A; Nan Kivell, p. 73.

Condition Report: Very good.

Price (AUD): $5,500.00

US$3,906.24   Other currencies

Ref: #4504227

Condition Report