Picturing the Pacific

Picturing the Pacific

Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders

by James Taylor

Hardback Publication Date: 01/11/2018

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For over 50 years between the 1760s and the early 19th century, the pioneers who sailed from Europe to explore the Pacific brought back glimpses of this new world in the form of oil paintings, watercolours and drawings - a sensational view of a part of the world few would ever see.

Today these works represent a fascinating and inspiring perspective from the frontier of discovery.

It was Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, who popularised the placement of professional artists on British ships of exploration. They captured striking and memorable images of everything they encountered: exotic landscapes, beautiful flora and fauna, as well as remarkable portraits of indigenous peoples. These earliest views of the Pacific, particularly Australia, were designed to promote the new world as enticing, to make it seem familiar, to encourage further exploration and, ultimately, British settlement.

Drawing on both private and public collections from around the world, this lavish book collects together oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and other documents from those voyages, and presents a unique glimpse into an age where science and art became irrevocably entwined.

ISBN:
9781472955432
9781472955432
Category:
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-11-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
257.05x194.56x24.89mm
Weight:
1kg
James Taylor

James Taylor has been writing professionally about road transport since the late 1970s, and his interests embrace a wide range of older cars of all makes and nationalities, as well as classic buses, lorries and military vehicles.

His primary interest is in models that have carried Rover or Land Rover badges. James has written around 130 books, and among them have been definitive one-make or one-model motoring titles, including a number for Crowood.

He spent ten years as the editor of Land Rover Enthusiast magazine and is well know for his Roverphile column in LRO that delves into forgotten corners of Land Rover history.

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