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Contemporary engraved profile bust portrait, “Captn. James Cook F.R.S.”
  • Contemporary engraved profile bust portrait, “Captn. James Cook F.R.S.”

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(COOK, James.) BOCK, Johann Carl.

Contemporary engraved profile bust portrait, “Captn. James Cook F.R.S.”

Published: No place, no publisher, no date, [c.1789]

Stock code: 42536

Price: £250

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Striking portrait of the stern-faced explorer, the irradiations, which over-run the borders of the name tablature, giving him an almost visionary aspect. Bock was a Nuremberg-based engraver and artist, probably best known for his work on Esper’s Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur (1777-94). Scarce.

Stipple engraving with etching (166 × 101 mm). Oval portrait surrounded by etched irradiating lines. Light toning, trimmed to the plate-mark, very good.

Bibliography: Kivell & Spence, p.73.

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