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William Hodges
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1793. Travels in India : during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783 Hodges, William. London : Printed for the author, and sold by J. Edwards, Pall-Mall, 1793. William Hodges was an English artist who accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the Pacific as the expedition's artist. Hodge travelled to India in 1779, under the patronage of Warren Hastings. Hastings was the first Governor of Bengal (and de-facto the first English Governor of India). Hodge was one of the first British professional landscape painters to visit India. Hodges travelled to Calcutta, Cawnpoor, Lucknow, Allahabad, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri. "The first professional landscape artist to visit India and please such tastes [for the picturesque and the sublime] was William Hodges (1744-1797). He went with a highly individual vision and style of painting which had been formed while he was official artist on Captain Cook's second voyage to the Pacific between 1772 and 1775. Hodges had served his apprenticeship with Richard Wilson and had learnt to paint landscapes in the classical tradition, producing calm wooded scenes lit by a soft glow, the foreground peopled with classical figures. With Captain Cook Hodges was suddenly jerked into observing nature in a completely different way "[His] First year in India was disappointing. Hodges's health was poor and the Second Mysore War (1780-84) against Haidar Ali was in progress. This made it impossible for him to explore the countryside of South India freely and he was confined to Madras and its immediate environs. On moving to Calcutta in February 1781, however, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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