William Hodges was the first professional European artist to visit Tahiti, a key site in all three of Captain Cooks voyages.
Matavai Bay, Tahiti by William Hodges, 17731774
© Captain Cook Memorial Museum
- Pen, ink & watercolour on paper
- 37.6 x 54.6 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £25,000 ( Total: £90,000)
- Acquired in:
Matavai Bay was the site of the first contact between Europeans and native people of the island during a key period of exploration and discovery. Hodges perfectly captures the singular landscape and atmosphere of the Pacific environment, the fishing boat in the foreground, with both precision and dramatic imagination.
John Leach Bennett of Merton; by descent to Elizabeth Cook; by descent to private collector.