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  • Title
    Captain James Cook, ca. 1777 / portrait medallion by Wedgwood and Bentley, after the portrait by William Hodges
  • Call number
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1777
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 portrait medallion - White on blue jasper ware medallion in gilt mount within oval dark brown wooden frame with glass front. The frame is carved with several ridges around the outside. A pin and a metal loop is affixed to the top of the frame to assist in hanging - 7.7 x 6 cm (portrait, site), 15.3 x 13.2 cm, frame (loop, 1.3 cm)
  • Scope and Content
    The portrait is a three-quarter profile of James Cook in relief.
  • 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

    This Wedgwood medallion of Cook is significant for its mastery of the difficult three-quarter view. This version, after the portrait by William Hodges, is one of several portrait medallions of Cook issued by Wedgwood.

    The medallion is similar to another held in the Mitchell Library (P*25) and in the Dixson Library (DL Pa 95).
    Digital order no:a5143001
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    ""Capt. Cook"" stamped at truncation of bust.
    ""Wedgwood / & Bentley"" impressed on reverse of plaque.
    ""Old / 212"" carved into reverse of medallion.
    ""From Rathbone's / Collection"" handwritten in ink on back of frame.
    On an oval shaped paper label on back of frame, ""Captn. Cook. / (1728-1779) / Old Wedgwood portrait / Inscribed ""Old 212"" / Wedgwood & Bentley / 1770 period""
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Attributed to Wedgwood modeller John Flaxman Jnr.

    Wedgwood portrait medallions : an introduction / Robin Reilly. London : Barrie and Jenkins, [1973]
  • Creator/Author/Artist
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Pieces of Wedgwood - State Library of New South Wales

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