The Resolution in a Stream of Pack-Ice by William Hodges

William Hodges was the official artist on Captain Cook’s Second Voyage and this small sketch was made during one of the two sweeps towards the South Pole in 1772-73.


Wash and watercolour on laid paper
21.8 x 21.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£14,875 ( Total: £80,275)
Acquired in:

It depicts the Resolution under sail in a choppy sea under overcast skies with streams of pack ice floating past. There is a similar sketch in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.


Unknown; Christie's, 2006.

Venue details

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Walker's House, Grape Lane, WHITBY North Yorkshire YO22 4BA 01947 601 900

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.80)

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