1 Book (bound in brown Morocco leather with considerable repairs, 57 x 85 cm)
Scope and Contents:
One book by William Hodges published in 1787.
One folio in a map drawer.
Biographical / Historical:
In his youth, William Hodges was apprenticed, for seven years, to the leading landscape painter, Richard Wilson. Hodges became well known for the sketches and paintings he produced as James Cook's appointed draughtsman during his second expedition to the Pacific Ocean (1772-1775). Form 1778 to 1783 he visited India as a professional painter under the protection of Warren Hastings, The Governor General of the East Indian Company. The most productive period of his Indian sojourn was between 1781 to 1783, when he toured the regions of Bengal and Bihar producing mostly landscape paintings for leading British figures. Hodges Disseration, published in 1787 and dedicated to Hastings, originates from material collected during his Indian tour. The painter's work gives shape and color to landscapes of the non-European world, creating a visual and explicit connection between these unfamiliar territories and the British audience.
Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
William Hodges: A Dissertation on the Prototypes of Architectures, Hindoo, Moorish, and Gothic, FSA.A2012.06. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives