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ENDEAVOURING BANKS: EXPLORING COLLECTIONS FROM THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE, 1768-1771. Neil Chambers. Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2016. Published in the U.S.A. by University of Washington Press, Seattle. 304 pp. with 177 ills. (94 col.). 29 x 25 cm. LC 2016-32086 ISBN 9780295998114 In English.
This book grew out of a related exhibition mounted in 2014 at the Collection: Art and Archaelogy in Lincolnshire, Lincoln, but does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: When English naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820) accompanied Captain James Cook (1728-1779) on his historic mission into the Pacific, the Endeavour voyage of 1768-1771, he took with him a team of collectors and illustrators. They returned with unprecedented collections of artifacts and specimens of stunning birds, fish, and other animals, as well as thousands of plants, most seen for the first time in Europe. They produced, too, remarkable landscape and figure drawings of the peoples encountered on the voyage along with detailed journals and descriptions of the places visited, which, with the first detailed maps of these lands (Tahiti, New Zealand, and the east coast of Australia), were later used to create lavishly illustrated accounts of the mission. Along with contemporary portraits of key personalities aboard the ship, scale models and plans of the ship itself, scientific instruments taken on the voyage, commemorative medals and sketches, the objects (over 140) featured in this book tell the story of the Endeavour voyage and its impact ahead of the 250th anniversary in 2018 of the launch of this seminal mission.
Indexing: Western, Europe, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Oceania — Great Britain — 1600-1800 — Drawing and Watercolor, Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170268
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