'View of the Islands of Otaha [Taaha] and Bola Bola [Bora Bora] with Part of the Island of Ulietea [Raiatea]'

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.

Object Details

ID: BHC2376
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - Pacific Encounters Gallery
Creator: Hodges, William
Vessels: Resolution (purchased 1771); Adventure (purchased 1771)
Date made: 1773; circa 1776
Exhibition: Art for the Nation; Ministry of Defence Art Collection Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude The Art and Science of Exploration, 1768-80
People: HM Admiralty
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Frame: 450 mm x 612 mm x 78 mm;Overall: 506 mm x 612 mm x 114 mm x 5.8 kg;Painting: 345 x 516 mm

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