WEBBER, John (1752-1793)
[Pair of separately-issued, stipple-engraved portraits of Captain James Cook and Captain James King, engraved by Bartolozzi after Webber]
London: J. Webber, 4 June 1784. Oval stipple-engraved portraits, by Bartolozzi after Webber. Image sizes approx. 5 x 4 inches, sheet sizes approx. 8 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches. Trimmed to or just within the platemark.
Rare separately-issued portraits of Cook and King after third voyage expedition artist John Webber.
The original portrait of Cook was painted by Webber in 1776 and has been in the National Portrait Gallery in London since 1858. Webber had collaborated with Bartolozzi earlier in 1784 to execute his famous depiction of the death of Cook and here published this pair of portraits. These portraits are the only ones engraved by Bartolozzi, the most accomplished stipple-engraver of the period, and the portrait of King is the only separately-issued depiction of the surviving commander of the third voyage.
Beddie 3600 and 4515; Joppien & Smith 3.451 and 3.456.