A cascade in the Tuaruru Valley, Tahiti
Hodges's paintings of the Pacific celebrate British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-1775. The identification of this landscape is unclear and although it was long thought to be a view in Dusky Bay, New Zealand, recent scholarship has provided the location given in the present title. It was painted from sketches developed in May 1774, during 'Resolution's' second visit to Tahiti and shows a river cascading on either side of the basalt rock in the centre foreground.
- Image reference: BHC2373
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Ministry of Defence Art Collection
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