1. William Hodges, Tahitian War Galleys in Matavai Bay, Tahiti, 1776, oil on canvas, 91.4 x 137.2 cm, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Source

2. William Hodges, Tahiti Revisited, 1776, oil on canvas, 92.7 x 138.4 cm, National Maritime Museum, London. Source

3. William Hodges, View of Island of Otaheite (Tahiti), 1773, watercolour and pencil on paper, 36.8 x 53.9 cm, The British Museum, London. Source

William Hodges, one of the major figures in eighteenth-century British art, joined Captain Cook on his second voyage between 1772 and 1775 as an expeditionary artist. Cook visited the Pacific island of Tahiti in August 1773, and Hodges was asked to record the exotic landscapes and native islanders in paintings and sketches. Many of these were redrawn by the artist in large oil paintings after his return to Britain in July 1775. The National Maritime Museum states that ‘Hodges used [his] personal interpretation of Tahiti to hint at the heady temptations of the island, which both Cook and the Admiralty would have wished to play down.' The public relied on these works as visual illustrations of British empire and exploration, and so the importance of the artist under these circumstances should not be underestimated. 

Matavai Bay, Mahina, Tahiti

the island of Moorea in the distance

Captain Cook set anchor here in Matavai Bay, Tahiti, to observe the 1769 Transit of Venus

inspired by Jenny Chapman’s Western Scotland photo of the sea with “wee islands just off the north coast of the Isle of Coll,” Nimbus Cat sends Jenny, Algy and our readers the sea with the island of Moorea just barely visible through the clouds.

in honor of Algy’s Birthday for Jenny Chapman and Algy

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