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  • Title
    Joseph Banks [ca. 1775-1779 / a Wedgwood and Bentley portrait medallion, from a model by John Flaxman Jnr.]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DL Pa 98
    Status: On display - The Collectors’ Gallery, Case 3, Shelf 55
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1775-1779
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 portrait medallion - Black basalt ware, stored in oval shaped gilt wooden frame - thumb scoop on reverse. At the centre top at back is oblong hole for hanging.; 16 x 13.8 cm frame at widest point ; 9.6 x 7.5 cm. (image).
  • Scope and Content
    The portrait depicts in relief a head and shoulders left profile of Joseph Banks as a young man
  • Source
    Presented by Sir William Dixson
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Based on a portrait of Sir Joseph Banks that was modelled by John Flaxman between 1775-1779, it is difficult to assign a specific date to the medallion as several issues were made over a period of time.

    The piece bears no mark of "Wedgwood & Bentley". According to Meteyard (1875, p.62) some pieces have no marks at all, not even the name "Wedgwood". The explanation being that such were first or trial pieces of a new body etc. that were being made or, the workmen under pressure of work orders, simply forgot to put the mark.

    Date and attribution based on references in W.G. Constable, "John Flaxman 1755-1826", London, 1927, p. 15. SRL DS735/21. "Notes and records of the Royal Society of London", Vol. 18, no. 1, p. 49. SRL N506/160. "Wedgwood and his works... ", Eliza Meteyard, London, 1873, p. 57. SRL DSQ666.342/22. "The Wedgwood handbook ... ", Eliza Meteyard, London, 1875, p. 190. SRL DS666.342/14.

    John Flaxman worked for Josiah Wedgwood between 1775 and 1787, and Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Bentley from 1769 to Bentley's death in 1780. The medallion is similar to portraits of Joseph Banks held in the Mitchell Library (P*33 black basalt ware; P*61 and P*35) and those located in the Dixson Library (DL Pa 97, DL Pa 99 and DL Pa 100).
    Digital order no:a5142001
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Some pencil figures are shown, plus paper sticker on backing is stamped "347".
    "Banks" impressed below image at truncation of bust.
  • Date note

    Undated. Date approximated by comparison with a similar work held in the Mitchell Library (DL Pa 97)
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