Medallion

LL 2541

About this object

A cameo medallion featuring a portrait of Captain James Cook (1728-1799). Captain Cook was a contemporary celebrity due to his explorative journeys into the Pacific and Oceania.
Through Sir Joseph Banks, who had sailed with Captain Cook on his voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand, Wedgwood obtained clay from Sydney Cove. In 1788 a colony for convicts was being set up at Sydney Cove in Australia. Wedgwood made a medallion from the clay to commemorate the event.
  • Date
    1776 - 1780
  • Maker
    Wedgwood
  • Materials
    Jasperware
  • Credit line
    From the Collection of Lord Leverhulme
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 03, Case 9005
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley
  • Measurements
    10 mm x 80 mm x 100 mm
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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