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Captain James Cook

2006.44.783 (RS84927)

Description

Framed engraving of a seated man wearing a long cat and pointing at a map lying on a table next to a tri-cornered hat. Five buttons are undone on the man's coat and there is a mock frame around the picture.

Details

Maker
Sherwin, John Keyse, 1751-1790 (Artist)
After Dance-Holland, Nathaniel, 1735-1811 (Artist)
Date
ca. 1779
Inscriptions
"N Dance Pinxt / J.K. Sherwin Sculp / Captain James Cook / Published April 20th 1779 by / I.K. Sherwin No. 234 Strand." (printed)
"Captain James Cook, Circumnavigator. / Engraving by Sherwin after painting by Dance 9 1/2 x 12 London 178- / In May 1776 Captain Cook sat for a portrait to Dance. / It now hangs in the painted Chamber at Greenwich Hospital. It / was soon after engraved by Sherwin and has always been consi- / dered the finest representation of Cook. Dr. Samwell the / surgeon on the last voyage says 'the plate engraved by Sherwin / after a painting by Dance is the most excellent likeness and / the only one I have seen that bears any resemblance to him". / (Kitson page 342). / The artist Nathaniel Dance, 1735-1811, studied art with / and was a friend of Angelica Kaufman. He was one of the / founders of the Royal Academy and a most successful portrait / painter. He became a baronet and assumed the additional name of / Holland as sir Nathaniel Dance - Holland. This portrait of Cook / and one of Garrick as Richard III are his best known works. / The engraver John Keyse Sherwin, 1751-1790, was a / pupil of Bartolozzi. He was one of the most eminent engravers / of his time. / Stephen W. Phillips / Haw. Col. No. 344 / Sixteen, June, 1922," (typed)
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
ink
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Engraving
engravings (prints)
ink
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
19 14/16 x 16 9/16 x 4/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.783
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
179894

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