C1785

Le Capne. Jacques Cook Member de la Societe Royale de Londre.

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

Portrait of Captain James Cook taken after his return from his second voyage from the French edition of Cook’s voyages.  From, Cook & King, Troisieme voyage de Cook, ou journal d’une expédition faite dans la Mer Pacifique du Sud & du Nord, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Le Capne. Jacques Cook Member de la Societe Royale de Londre.

Date:

C1785

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Le Capne. Jacques Cook Member de la Societe Royale de Londre. - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Portrait of Captain James Cook taken after his return from his second voyage from the French edition of Cook’s voyages.  

From, Cook & King, Troisieme voyage de Cook, ou journal d’une expédition faite dans la Mer Pacifique du Sud & du Nord, en 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 & 1780. Traduit de l’anglois.Paris, Pissot & Laporte, 1782. 

Second Voyage: 1772-1775 Ships: Resolution & Adventure Rank:Commander

Cook was promoted commander and given charge of a second expedition, in the two ships, Resolution and Adventure which was under the command of Captain Tobias Furneaux.

On this second voyage Cook was to circumnavigate the world in high southern latitudes and producing a chart of the Southern Hemisphere which extended the knowledge of Antarctica.

In February and March 1773 the Adventure, parted from the Resolution by fog and gales, made for the south coast of Van Diemen’s Land. Here Furneaux renamed Adventure Bay on Bruny Island, sailed round Tasman Peninsula and sailed up the east coast to Flinders Island, but through bad weather failed to reach Point Hicks before proceeding to the agreed rendezvous with the Resolution in New Zealand.

The ships met as agreed in New Zealand (February-May 1773) and from there set off to explore the central Pacific, visiting Tahiti (August), where, from the island of Raiatea, they took aboard Omai who returned with the Adventure to England (7 September). Omai was taken to England, arriving at London in October 1774 where he was introduced into society by the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks. During his two-year stay in England, Omai became much admired within London high society.

After visiting Amsterdam and Middelburg, two islands that Cook called the Friendly Islands (Tongan group) (October) the ships became separated and never met again.

Cook on the Resolution then attempted another search for the Great Southern Continent (November 1773), crossing the Antarctic Circle on 20 December 1773. However, the ice and cold soon forced him to turn north again and he made another search in the central Pacific for the Great Southern Continent. On 17 January 1774 he turned south again, crossing the Antarctic Circle for the second time and then again for a third time 26 January 1774.

Cook sailed north, arriving at Easter Island in March 1774, followed by visits to the Marquesas (March); Tahiti (April) and Raiatea (June); past the Cook Islands and Niue, or Savage Islands as Cook called them; Tonga (June); Vatoa, the only Fijian Island visited by Cook (July); New Hebrides (Vanuatu) (17 July-August); New Caledonia (September) and Norfolk Island (October); before returning to New Zealand (October 1774). He then departed for Britain via the Southern Ocean in November 1774 and arrived at Portsmouth on 30 July 1775.

On his return he was made a member of the Royal Society, receiving a Copley Medal for achievement and was promoted to post-captain of Greenwich Hospital.

Biography:

William Hodges (1744-1797)

Hodges was appointed artist on the
Resolution for Capt. Cook’s second voyage of discovery. He left Plymouth on 13 July and returned on 29 July 1775. His original paintings are in many institutional collections.

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