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The Multifarious Mr. BanksFrom Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World$
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Toby Musgrave

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223835.001.0001

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The Hero and the Egotist 1771–72

The Hero and the Egotist 1771–72

(p.139) Four The Hero and the Egotist 1771–72
The Multifarious Mr. Banks

Toby Musgrave

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes events after Joseph Banks's return from his three-year voyage on the HMS Endeavour. It looks into Banks's accomplished examination of the natural history of lands and the anthropology of people previously unstudied, in which he returned triumphant and bore a wealth ofspecimens and knowledge. The chapter describes the peak of Banks's fame when he was presented by Lord Beauchamp to King George III at the Court of St James's and accompanied by Daniel Solander, who became known as the first Swede to circumnavigate the globe. It mentions Banks's cold attitude towards Harriet Blosset, his former betrothed, when he returned to London. It also talks about how Harriet behaved with far more decorum and maturity than Banks throughout the unpleasantries.

Keywords:   Joseph Banks, HMS Endeavour, natural history, Lord Beauchamp, King George III, Daniel Solander, Harriet Blosset

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