William Hodges 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Art - 212 pages
William Hodges is well known as the artist who accompanied Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific as official landscape painter. This book--a major reappraisal of his career and reputation--presents him as one of the most intriguing and controversial painters of his age. Foremost scholars consider Hodges's work in terms of the rise of ethnology, the investigation of Indian history, the encounter with peoples "without history" and the development of empirical science and rationalism.




Previous accounts of Hodges have often treated him secondarily to Cook and the history of geographical exploration. This volume redresses this situation in the light of recent developments in the history of eighteenth-century British art, which seek to understand art and aesthetics within a broader framework of social and imperial history.


This book accompanies an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in the summer of 2004 that will move to the Yale Center for British Art in early 2005.
 

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I have an original painting that is signed by W. Hodges.Its a large painting on canvas. No date. It has a woman and child, in a field of flowers a river close by. There is red and white houses across the river.. I was wondering what it's value is? it's 24 by 36.

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artist of empire
1
Hodges and the London art world
9
Hodges and ittribution
15
Hodges and Captain Cooks
21
Hodges as anthropologist and historian
27
Hodgess visual genealogy for colonial India 178095
35
The artists T in Hodgess Travels in India
43
The Consequences of War in the winter of 179495
61
Hodges and Cooks second voyage
74
Hodgess postvoyage work
109
Picturing the History of India
137
Representing Britishness
187
Hodgess catalogue description
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Geoff Quilley is curator of maritime art at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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