C1777

Christmas Sound, Tierra del Fuego.

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage.  Cook followed the coast of Tierra del Fuego (Chile) at the end of December 1774 making for Cape Horn. The coast comprised of hundreds … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Christmas Sound, Tierra del Fuego.

Date:

C1777

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.
AUTHENTICITY
Christmas Sound, Tierra del Fuego. - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty
sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. 

Cook followed the coast of Tierra del Fuego (Chile) at the end of December 1774 making for Cape Horn. The coast comprised of hundreds of small islands, some of which were charted and named but many were not. The Resolution was kept at a safe distance from the shore and soon passed the Grafton Islands, Noir Island, Tower Rocks and the Gilbert Islands (named after the Master). On the 19th they passed a large inlet, which is now called Cook Bay. Cook needed provisions and to check the state of the Resolution,so he found an inlet suitable for this purpose on the 20th. They stayed there for eight days over Christmas, which earned the inlet the name Christmas Sound.
References; Beddie 1381-32, p.267, Joppien 2.14oC, ill.p.242

From Cook’s, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

Biography:

William Hodges (1744-1797)

William Hodges was born in London, the only son of Ann and Charles Hodges, a blacksmith of St. James’ Market London. They encouraged their son’s talent for drawing and placed him in William Shipley’s drawing school at Castle Court in the Strand. Joining Richard Wilson as an apprentice in 1758, he was required to assist his master ‘in dead colouring and the forwarding of pictures’. A short period of study under Wilson and Cipriani at the Duke of Richmond’s Gallery developed his style for classical composition. He was appointed artist on the Resolution and left Plymouth on 13 July, returning on 29 July 1775.

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