The Great Court of the British Museum, £9.99
Height: 71.000 cm
Gift of Mrs Damer
Prehistory and Europe
Bronze portrait bust of Sir Joseph Banks by Anne Seymour Damer
London, England, AD 1814
Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), the noted botanist and plant collector, travelled to Newfoundland in 1766, and to Iceland in 1772 to study and gather plants. With his librarian, Dr Daniel Solander (died 1782), Banks accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage round the world in the ship Endeavour.
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The sculptor Anne Damer (1748-1828) began to work in bronze around 1800. At this time bronze was mainly used for public sculpture and was extremely expensive. The full-face pose, the classical pedestal and the signature in Greek cut into the metal at the back of the collar- 'ANNA EMOPIE DAMER ET' ('Anna Seymour Damer made it') - deliberately echo Greek sculptural traditions.
A. Dawson, Portrait sculpture, a catalogu (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)