William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

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William Hodges (1744 - 1797)


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Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 240mm


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.

‘Potatow was one of the tallest men we had seen upon the island (Tahiti), and his features were so mild, comely, and at the same time majestic, that Mr.Hodges immediately applied himself to copy from them, as from the noblest models of nature. His whole body was remarkably strong and heavily built, so that one of his thighs nearly equalled in girth our stoutest sailor’s waist. His ample garments, and his elegant white turban, set off his figure to the greatest advantage, and his noble deportment endeared him to us, as we naturally compared it with the difference of O-Too.’ (Forster 1777, I, 360-I )

Reference; Beddie 1381-44, p.268, Joppien 2.55A, ill.p.169

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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