C1777

The Fleet of Otaheite assembled at Oparee.

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Fleet of Otaheite assembled at Oparee.

Date:

C1777

Artist:

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

Condition:

In good condition with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 220mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Fleet of Otaheite assembled at Oparee. - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

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 between 22 April to 14 May 1774 and noted on 14th May; 

‘We had no sooner dispatched our friends than we saw a number of war canoes coming round the point of Oparree. …This fleet consisted of forty sail, equipped in the same manner as those we had seen before, belonged to the little district of Tettaha, and were come to Oparree to be reviewed before the king, as the former fleet had been. Cook II, i. p.342 

References; Beddie 1381-61, p.269, Joppien 2.114A, ill.p.213

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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