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  • Title
    Sir Joseph Banks, ca.1808-1809 / painted by Thomas Phillips
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DG 25
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, West Wall, no. 117
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil, gilt framed, glass fronted - 141 x 110 cm. inside frame measuring 178 x 146 cm.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Unsigned. Undated. Titled from frame label.
    The painting was exhibited in the 1809 London Royal Academy exhibition. The Morning Chronicle of 29 April 1809 described it as an "incomparable picture [which] will establish his reputation in the art." The Examiner of 11 June 1809 described it "as one of the best portraits ever produced in England without excepting even those from Vandyke."
    The portrait was purchased by William Dixson in 1929 from Capt. Knatchbull-Hugessen. It was painted to the order of Don Jose de Mendoza y Rios, a Spanish scholar and FRS, as a presentation to Banks. An engraving by Schiavonetti was made from this. After Lady Banks' death the portrait came into the possession of the Knatchbull-Hugessen family. A replica of the portrait was painted for Mendoza and by him bequeathed to the Royal Society. A copy of the portrait was made to the order of Capt. Knatchbull-Hugessen in 1929. Royal permission for dedication of the Schiavonetti engraving of this protrait was granted July 1809. In the engraving Banks is holding a paper on the back of which are the words "The Bakerian lecture for 1808 by Humphrey Davy, FRS". Source: ML cat cards
    Notes on this portrait and other portraits by Phillips are at Pxn 171, 173, 174
    See also Harold B Carter, Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) A guide to biographical and bibliographical sources, St Paul's Bibliographies in assocation with British Museum (Natural History), 1987, pp. 301-303.
    Photographic copy held at P2/57
    Digital order no:a051001
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    Captain Cook, R. N., the resolute mariner: an international record of oceanic discovery - Oregon Historical Society (7 January, 1974 - 1 January, 1975)
    Possessed : an exhibition of treasures - State Library of New South Wales (March, 1997 - June, 1997)
    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October, 2018 - )

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