Transplanting of the Bread Fruit Trees from Otaheite by Thomas Gosse

The print was published to celebrate the safe return of William Bligh.

Details

Medium:
Handcoloured mezzotint
Dimensions:
51 x 64.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,646 ( Total: £6,024)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Christie's

Bligh is carefully depicted in naval uniform with the Tahitian King Tu who is wearing a vaguely oriental garb. Gosse is not known to have travelled to the South Seas and the scene is slightly fanciful. The project to transplant breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies was instigated by Sir Joseph Banks to exploit the natural resources of different parts of the world for the benefit of the British Empire.

Provenance

Unknown.

Venue details

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Walker's House, Grape Lane, WHITBY North Yorkshire YO22 4BA 01947 601 900 www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk

Entry details

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