William Hodges 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration

Quilley, Geoffrey and Bonehill, John, eds. (2004) William Hodges 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration. Yale University Press, New Haven and London. ISBN 9780300103762

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William Hodges is well known as the artist accompanying Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific as official landscape painter. This book forms a major reappraisal of his career and reputation, arguing a central place for him in the development of British art. The eight essays that accompany this catalogue are by some of the foremost scholars in this area. They consider Hodges' work comparatively in terms of the rise of ethnology, the investigation of Indian history, the encounter with peoples 'without history' and the development of empirical science and rationalism. Previous accounts of Hodges have often treated him secondarily to Cook and the history of geographical exploration. This volume redresses this situation in the light of recent developments in the history of eighteenth-century British art, which seek to understand art and aesthetics within a broader frame of social and imperial history. In this work, Hodges is repositioned as one of the most intriguing and controversial painters of his age.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: The book William Hodges 1744-1797: the Art of Exploration is the catalogue to the exhibition held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (July-November 2004), the Yale Center for British Art (January-April 2005) and Auckland City Art Gallery (May-August 2005). It was co-edited by Geoff Quilley and John Bonehill, who was research assistant for the project under Quilley's management and supervision. Bonehill's post was funded by a Curatorial Research Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. The exhibition was proposed, developed and curated by Quilley.
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Depositing User: Geoffrey Quilley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:11
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 09:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15143
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