The Island of Otahiete bearing S.E. distant one league.


William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

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The Island of Otahiete bearing S.E. distant one league.




William Hodges (1744 - 1797)


In good condition with folds as issued.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 465mm


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.

View of Point Venus and One-Tree Hill with Mount Orofena in the distance. Cook visited Tahiti for the second time between 22 April to 14 May 1774. 

References; Beddie 1381-53, p.599, Joppien 2.108A, ill.p.210

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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