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Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820), 1st Bt, GCB, PRS

Photo credit: The Collection: Art & Archaeology in Lincolnshire (Usher Gallery)

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Portrait of the explorer Sir Joseph Banks, stood in an heroic pose wearing a Maori flax cloak. He is surrounded by objects from New Zealand and Polynesia, and at his feet lies a copy of a drawing of flax. Banks played a notable part in Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' expedition which landed on the east coast of Australia. Banks named Botany Bay for the wealth of new plants he found there.

Usher Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    234 x 160 cm

  • Accession number

    LCNUG 1989.9

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Alan Bond, 1989


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