C1785

Homme de la Nouvelle Caledonie

Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage, published (1778) the year after the English edition (1777). The title in the English versions was: Man of New Caledonia. Cook discovered the island group of New … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Homme de la Nouvelle Caledonie

Date:

C1785

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 215mm
AUTHENTICITY
Homme de la Nouvelle Caledonie - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage, published (1778) the year after the English edition (1777).

The title in the English versions was: Man of New Caledonia.

Cook discovered the island group of New Caledonia on 4 September 1774, which he named New Caledonia. The Resolution remained in New Caledonia from 5 to 13 September, 1774.

‘Some of them have a kind of Concave cylindrical stiff black caps, these seemed to be a great ornament among them, and we thought anly worn by men of note or Wariors, a large sheet of our strong paper, when ever they got one, was generally applied to this use’. Cook, Journal II, 540, 2 September 1774.

The attachment to the hat is described as ‘A becket, or a piece of cord made of cocoa-nut bark, used in throwing their lances.’ Foster II, 385, 1777.

References; 1222, p.223, Joppien 2.137A, ill.p.238 (English edition)

From Cook,Voyage dans L’Hémisphère Austral, et Autour du Monde, fait sur les vaisseaux du Roi, L’Aventure, & La Résolution, en 1772, 1773, 1774 & 1775.

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

William Hodges was born in London, the only son of Ann and Charles Hodges, a blacksmith of St. James's 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 1772 and returned on 29 July 1775.

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