Two Wedgwood and Bentley medallions of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks, circa 1779
Lot 71*
Two Wedgwood and Bentley medallions of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks, circa 1779
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,816) inc. premium
Lot Details
Two Wedgwood and Bentley medallions of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks, circa 1779
Both of oval shape in white on pale blue jasper, Cook with his face turned slightly to the left, titled 'CAPT COOK' below the truncation, 8.4cm high, Banks in profile also facing left, titled 'BANKS' below the truncation, 8.9cm high, both impressed Wedgwood and Bentley in lower case (both chipped) (2)

Footnotes

  • Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was commander of the vessel Endeavour, commissioned in 1768 to observe the transit of Venus. During this expedition Sir Joseph Banks was also present as a naturalist. During this voyage they visited New Zealand and Australia, returning to Britain in 1771. Cook was killed in the Sandwich islands in 1779. Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) was elected president of the Royal Society in 1779. Both medallions are attributed to John Flaxman, see Reilly and Savage, Wedgwood the Portrait Medallions (1973) pp 55 and 111.
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