The famed official artist to James Cook’s second voyage, William Hodges first travelled to India in 1780 at the bequest of British East India Company. The first significant British landscape artist to visit the sub-continent, his understated, subtle and eloquent tone contrasts starkly with the prejudices of many other travellers in the Orient at the time. Together with his words, the fourteen stunning engravings based on his own watercolours and sketches, and rendered on the spot, give a fascinating insight into the fabric of an India soon to be swept away under the hegemony of British rule.
William Hodges. Sold by J. Edwards, Pall-Mall, 1793. Layton Collection 12970