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'The Landing at Tanna [Tana], one of the New Hebrides'

Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
User collections Captain Cook's Second Voyage by NMMCollections
Gallery locationPacific Encounters Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID BHC1905
Description Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of 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. This is one of a group of panel paintings produced by Hodges of encounters with islanders during the voyage, in which the European perception of each society's level of 'development' is portrayed.
Date made 1775-1776

Artist/Maker Hodges, William
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Materials oil on panel
Measurements Frame: 370 mm x 594 mm x 80 mm x 4.2 kg;Overall: 4 kg;Painting: 240 mm x 470 mm x 8 mm
  • 'The Landing at Tanna [Tana], one of the New Hebrides' (BHC1905)
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