C1777

Otoo King of O-Taheite.

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

$A 145

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Full Title:

Otoo King of O-Taheite.

Date:

C1777

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

195mm 
x 240mm

Description:

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.

Cook visited Tahiti for the second time 22 April to 14 May 1774.

‘O-Too was the tallest man whom we saw on the whole island which he governs, measuring six feet and three inches in height. His head, not withstanding a certain gloominess which seemed to express a fearful disposition had a majestic and intelligent air, and there was great expression in his full black eyes. He wore strong whiskers, which with his beard, and a prodigious growth of curled hair, were all of a jetty black.’ (Forster 1777, I, 326-7 )

Reference; Beddie 1381-38, p.599, Joppien 2.54A, ill.p.168, Nan kivell p.292

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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