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George Vancouver (1757-1798), Explorer
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
A naval officer, best known for his exploration of the Pacific coast along the modern day Canadian province of British Columbia and the American states of Alaska, Washington and Oregon. He entered the navy at thirteen and from 1772-80 he accompanied James Cook on his voyages. In 1791 Vancouver took command of the expedition to the northwest coast of North America for which he is noted. He surveyed the intricate inlets and channels in the region of Vancouver Island and named, among others, Puget Sound and the Gulf of Georgia. He returned to England in 1794, and his Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, 1790-95, with an atlas of maps and plates, was published in 1798.
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 October 1796