Tuhituhi: William Hodges, Cook’s Painter in the South Pacific

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Tuhituhi: William Hodges, Cook’s Painter in the South Pacific

ISBN: 9781877578175
Authors(s): Laurence Simmons

About Tuhituhi: William Hodges, Cook’s Painter in the South Pacific:

This study of the art of William Hodges arising from the voyage of the Resolution opens fresh theoretical perspectives on the representational problems raised by the early paintings they produced in the South Pacific. Following Pacific Island historians of the 1960s, it argues that it is possible to read the texts and visual material produced from early South Seas encounters against the grain, as moments of cross-cultural exchange that challenge postcolonial complacencies. In a detailed exploration of the background and close readings of individual paintings, this book sets forth some fresh contexts for interpreting assumptions about the representation of the Pacific islands and the ‘South Seas’. Tuhituhi is presented in sections that follow the geographical and chronological progress of Cook’s voyage on the Resolution, for which William Hodges was hired as official artist, Cook’s landskip painter’.

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No of pages: 352
Published as: Paperback
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