Friday, February 13, 2009

Drawn by nature

On my adventure to the local op shop I found this etching - this beautiful Maori woman-an original print from 1776 -nr: 808 of a limited edition of 2000 prints-

Hodges accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the South Seas from 1772-75. He mainly drew landscapes, but also some animals, birds and the peoples of the Pacific islands visited by the European explorers. Many of his views were later worked up into oil paintings or reproduced as engravings in published accounts of Cook's voyages and discoveries.


Delwyn said...

What a find...and such a patronizing but interesting blurb that accompanies it. They must have been very early travellers to NZ - The large groups of settlers didn't come til the mid 1800s.

Mona van dijk said...

Hodges was the illustrator of James cook he has made many beautiful drawings on this voyage through the pacific.

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