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Sir Joseph Banks

Posted by John Jackson Jul 13, 2011
Not really news, but just for interest - up in the top of the galleries is this statue of Sir Joseph Banks by Francis Chantrey, and given by his friends to the British Museum (see also the print in the BM).  Our latin is not quite good enough to attempt a translation, but the inscription is below for the enthusiasts.


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JOSEPHVS.BANKS.BARONETTVS

QVI

QVAM.VNIVERSAE.RERVM.NATVRAE.SCIENTIAM

PER.MARE.PER.TERRAS

APVD.VLTIMAS.GENTES

BARBARAS.ETIAM.INCOGNITAS.PERPETIENDO

IN.ANNIS.IVVENILIBUS.CONQVISIVERAT

EANDEM

IN.PATRIAM.REDVX

ET.SOCIETATIS.REGIAE.APVD.LONDINIENSES.PRAESES

CVNCTIS.SVFFRAGIIS.FACTVS

PER.RELIQVAM.VITAM.SVMMA.IPSE.CVM.DILIGENIA.COLVIT

ET.SINGVLARI.SVA.LIBERALITATE.AC.MVNIFICENTIA

AEMVLO.ALIORVM.PATROCINIO

POVENDAM.AMPLIANDAM.HONESTANDAM.PROPOSVII

AMICI

VIRTVTIS.EIVS.MEMORES

IMAGINEM.EX.COLLATIONE.DEDICAVERVNT

ET.MVSEI.BRITANNICI.IN.ORNAMENTVM

DONO.DEDERVNT

VIXIT.ANNOS.LXXVI.MENSES.VI.DIES.VI

DECESSIT.XIII.KAL IVL.A.S.M.DCCC.XX