The war boats of the island of Otaheite (Tahiti) and the Society Isles, with a view of part of the harbour of Ohaneneno, in the island of Ulieta, one of the Society iIslands
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. Developed from some lost studies, this huge painting is Hodges' largest from the voyage and illustrates 'one of the most magnificent sights in the South Seas'. Part of the Tahitian fleet prepare for a punitive expedition against the neighbouring island of Moorea.
- Image reference: S2273
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Ministry of Defence Art Collection
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