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HODGES, William (1744-1797)
Select Views in India, drawn on the spot, in the years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783, and executed in aqua tinta, by William Hodges
London: printed for the author, and sold by J. Edwards, 1787. Imperial folio. (23 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches). Title and text in English and French. 1 uncoloured engraved map, 48 aquatint plates by and after William Hodges, India paper proofs before letters, numbered in manuscript in the lower corners. Period calf, covers with a gilt Greek key scroll border, expertly rebacked to style, flat spine in eight compartments, original black morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapersProvenance: Ozias Humphry (1742-1810, presentation inscription signed by Hodges on the title dated November 8, 1788)Author's presentation copy and a very rare issue of Hodges' pioneering work on the architectural and picturesque wonders of India, with the plates being proof impressions before letters printed on India paper.Born in London the son of a blacksmith, William Hodges was employed as an errand-boy in Shipley's drawing school, where in his spare time he learned to draw. The landscape painter Richard Wilson (1714-1782) noticed him and took him on as his assistant and pupil, and by 1766 Hodges was exhibiting in his own right. In 1772, through the interest of Lord Palmerston (1739-1802) a member of the board of Admiralty, he was appointed as draughtsman to Captain James Cook's second expedition to the South Seas. He returned in 1775 and was employed by the Admiralty in working up his drawings of the expedition and in supervising the engraving of the plates for Cook's published account of the expedition. He exhibited a number of pictur … [Click Below for Full Description]
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