C1777

Woman of the Island of Tanna.

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. Portrait of a woman of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Woman of the Island of Tanna.

Date:

C1777

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Woman of the Island of Tanna. - 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.

Portrait of a woman of Tana, where Cook was between 6 – 20 August 1774.

‘The Women have all the same ornaments as Men, Nose-Stones, Earrings, Shells on the Breast & Bracelets…their heads covered with a kind of cap made of a Plantain leaf or a Mat-Basket. Few are covered, & even very young Girls have these Caps. .’Cooks Journal II, p.505 August 1774.

References; Beddie 1381-45, p.267. Joppien pl.102,p.111

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'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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