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Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

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Naturalist, patron of science and President of the Royal Society (1778–1820). Banks sailed with Captain Cook to the Pacific on his first voyage aboard the Endeavour (1768–1771), and compiled a unique natural history collection. Banks held a position of great influence in the scientific world and he advised on ventures such as the Kew Botanic Gardens and the first British colonies in Australia.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1771–1773

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    127 x 101.5 cm

  • Accession number

    5868

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and The Pilgrim Trust, 1986

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