C1777

View in the Island of Pines.

Rare c.18th engraved view of New Caledonia from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. Cook discovered the island group of New Caledonia on 4 September 1774, which he named New Caledonia. The Resolution … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View in the Island of Pines.

Date:

C1777

Condition:

In good condition. With centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

410mm 
x 265mm

Paper Size: 

416mm 
x 288mm
AUTHENTICITY
View in the Island of Pines. - Antique View from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare c.18th engraved view of New Caledonia from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage.

Cook discovered the island group of New Caledonia on 4 September 1774, which he named New Caledonia. The Resolution remained in New Caledonia from 5 to 13 September, 1774.

On leaving Balade, Cook sailed along the east coast of New Caledonia, discovering at the southern extremity, the Island of Pines. It was not possible to land on the island, but Cook did succeed in reaching a small islet near by, which he called Botany Isle. It was probably there that Hodges made his sketch.

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.

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970:1381-31, p.2667
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974 358.
Joppien,R. & Smith, B. The Art of Captain Cook’s Voyages; Vol. I, II & III. Melbourne 1985-1987 p.102, ill.p.95.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967. 16245.

Collections:
Maritime Museum Greenwich: ID: PAI4104
National Library Australia: Bib ID 90039 /2072924
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74VvMokVOlGA / 74VvMoxg6JJX

William Hodges (1744 - 1797)

William Hodges was born in London, the only son of Ann and Charles Hodges, a blacksmith of St. James's 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 1772 and returned on 29 July 1775.

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