Andrew Kippis, D.D. F.R.S. & S.A.
[BARTOLOZZI] ARTAUD, William (after)
Price: 1,250.00 AUD
London: Thos. Macklin, 20 October, 1792. Stipple engraving, 290 x 210 mm., An uncommon portrait of Cook's great first biographer, stipple-engraved by the great artist Bartolozzi, famous for his role in producing many of the engravings relating to Cook's third voyage, including a portrait of Cook and the famous separately-issued death scene at Kealekekua. Reverend Andrew Kippis (1725-1795) was an antiquarian and writer who wrote the most important biography of Cook, published in 1788. Like the other two main landlubber writers who worked on Cook's voyages, John Hawkesworth and the Canon John Douglas, Kippis and his biography have attracted some criticism, but its importance to the legacy of Cook is immeasureable, not least because some version remained the standard biography, endlessly reprinted, for over a century. The engraving was made by William Artaud, and is the first portrait of Kippis recorded by the UK National Portrait Gallery. Very good.