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Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders

Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders
 

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 se... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781472955432
Barcode 9781472955432
Published 1 November 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Taylor, James
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ISBN-13 9781472955432
ISBN-10 1472955439
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Adlard Coles Nautical
Publication Date 1 November 2018
International Publication Date 20 November 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Taylor, James
Category Painting & Paintings
Nature In Art, Still Life, Landscapes & Seascapes
Botanical Art
Landscape Art & Architecture
Maritime History
Geographical Discovery & Exploration
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 189mm
Height: 246mm
Weight 1,016g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Pacific Area - In art, Pacific Area - Discovery and exploration - In art
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 990.0222
Catalogue Code 945233

Description of this Book

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.

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UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Because of his doctoral research into the work of William Westall, the landscape and figure painter who accompanied Commander Matthew Flinders on his groundbreaking voyages in the wake of Captain Cook, James Taylor was a consultant for the Pacific Encounters permanent gallery at the National Maritime Museum. He is the author of Voyage of the Beagle and Pack Up Your Troubles, both published by Bloomsbury.

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