Sydney Parkinson - Self portrait

Self portrait
Sydney Parkinson (?1745-1771), [c.1770].
Oil on board, 39 x 29 cm.

Believed to be a self-portrait of Sydney Parkinson (c.1745-71). He was an artist on Captain Cook’s famous voyage of discovery on HMS Endeavour. He was the first European to draw the animals, plants and inhabitants of Australia. Parkinson drew nearly 1,500 pictures before he died at sea during the return journey.

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