William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

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William Hodges (1744 - 1797)


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Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 230mm


Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty
sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. All other later
copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually
smaller and inferior in quality.

Head and shoulders of a young man with curly hair and flattish nose, wearing a gown. Hititi (also called Oediddee, Oedidee, O’Hedidee, (Mahine) was a native, ‘about [17 or 18 years] of age’ from Bora Borea who was taken on board the Resolution at Raiatea on 17 September 1773; ‘he may be of use to us if we should fall in with and touch at any isles in our root to the west which was my only montive for taeking him on board.’ (Cook Journals II, 230.)

Reference; Beddie 1381-35, p.267, Joppien 2.70A, ill.p.179

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.


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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