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Print - Sir Joseph Banks Bt.
  • Sir Joseph Banks Bt.
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812
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Sir Joseph Banks Bt.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
    West, Benjamin, born 1738 - died 1820 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 3

Physical description

Whole-length portrait, standing, turned and facing to front. The sitter is wearing a Tahitian mantle, the border of which he displays with his hand, and is surrounded by souvenirs from his travels including books, spears and implements. A retouched state with publication line cut off.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)


late 18th century (printed)


Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
West, Benjamin, born 1738 - died 1820 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Painted by Benjamin West. Engraved by J. R. Smith. Sir Joseph Banks Bt. President, F.A.S. Trust Br. Mus. Ac. Imp. Petrop. R. Paris. Holm. Madrit. Neapolit. Belce et Palat. See. R. Getting Hafn. Lund. Getbob. Amer. Gedan. Retterd. Trajeet. Batav. Medice et oecon. Paris. Patriot. Mediclan. et Nat. Scrutat. Berolin. Socius. et Coll. Medic. R. Edinb. Secius honor.'


Height: 60.4 cm cut to, Width: 37.9 cm cut to

Descriptive line

Whole-length portrait of Sir Joseph Banks with the souvenirs of his travels. Mezzotint by John Raphael Smith after Benjamin West, late-18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883. Vol. 3, p.1245.





Subjects depicted

Cloak; Souvenirs


Prints; Portraits; Science


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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