Closer view of the Carrera bust of Sir Joseph Banks by John Nost.
"Banks made his name on the 1766 natural history expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador.
He took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage (1768–1771), visiting Brazil, Tahiti, and, after 6 months in New Zealand, Australia, returning to immediate fame.
He held the position of President of the Royal Society for over 41 years.
He advised King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and by sending botanists around the world to collect plants, he made Kew the world's leading botanical gardens.
He is credited for bringing 30,000 plant specimens home with him; amongst them he discovered 1,400"
DB 19 April 2019