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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt (1743-1820), Explorer and botanist

Botanist and traveller, of Revesby Abbey, Lincs.; FRS 1766; DCL 1771; President of the Royal Society 1778-1820; Bt 1781; KB 1795; GCB 1815.

‘He is awkward in his person, but extremely well bred, in the best mode of English breeding, where good breeding may be fairly pronounced the highest of all countries. In short he is one of the many instances to prove that personal graces are far from essential to politeness’ (Lord Glenbervie, 1816).

‘He is tall, largely made, with a manly countenance, expressive of dignity and intelligence’ (European Mag., 1802).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.