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The Royal Society medal in commemoration of Captain James Cook
, 1784

by Lewis Pingo

silver medal

Lewis Pingo’s Royal Society Medal is the Society’s formal memorial to Cook. The commissioning of the medal was largely thanks to Sir Joseph Banks, who personally supervised its production and distribution to coincide with the publication of the narrative of the tragic third voyage.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007
Accession number: 2007.30