William Hodges, 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300103762
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Geoff Quilley is curator of maritime art at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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Table of Contents

William Hodges : artist of empire 1
'This hapless adventurer' : Hodges and the London art world 9
Hodges and attribution 15
'Philanthropy seems natural to mankind' : Hodges and Captain Cook's second voyage to the South Seas 21
Hodges as anthropologist and historian 27
Hodges's visual genealogy for colonial India : 1780-95 35
The artist's 'I' in Hodges's Travels in India 43
Hodges and Indian architecture 49
'The consequences of war' in the winter of 1794-95 61
Catalogue : part one : making Pacific history 71
The maritime context, 1768-75 71
Hodges and Cook's second voyage 74
Hodges's post-voyage work 109
Catalogue : part two : picturing the history of India 137
Hodges and India 137
Catalogue : part three : representing Britishness 187
Hodges's British subjects 187
App Hodges's catalogue description of the effects of peace and the consequences of war 203
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