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'View from Point Venus, Island of Otaheite [Tahiti]'

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Object ID BHC1938
Description Hodges' paintings of the Pacific celebrate British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of drawings, with some oil sketches, many later converted to engravings in the official voyage account. He also completed large oil paintings for exhibition in London on his return, which exercised lasting influence on European ideas of the Pacific. The National Maritime Museum holds 26 oils relating to the voyage of which 24 were either painted for or acquired by the Admiralty. Cook's main purpose on this expedition was to locate, if possible, the much talked-of but unknown Southern Continent and further expand knowledge of the central Pacific islands, in which Hodges' records of coastal profiles were in part important for navigational reasons.
Date made Late 1770s

Artist/Maker Hodges, William
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Ministry of Defence Art Collection
Materials oil on panel
Measurements Painting: 240 mm x 470 mm; Frame: 346 mm x 572 mm x 73 mm; Weight: 3.8 kg
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