HODGES (WILLIAM) Select Views in India, Drawn on the Spot, in the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783, and Executed in Aqua Tinta
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HODGES (WILLIAM) Select Views in India, Drawn on the Spot, in the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783, and Executed in Aqua Tinta
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HODGES (WILLIAM)
Select Views in India, Drawn on the Spot, in the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783, and Executed in Aqua Tinta, single-volume issue with title-page, dedication and text in French and English, engraved map and 48 aquatint plates printed in bistre, by and after Hodges, ALL COLOURED BY HAND, map called for replaced by a folding hand-coloured engraved map by John Cary, small neat repairs to map, plates 26, 31 and 46 with neat repairs to splits along platemarks, occasional light spotting, modern half morocco gilt, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with repeat decoration of a single centrally-placed lotus blossom tool, g.e., slipcase [Abbey Travel 416; Tooley 264], folio, for the Author, [1785-1788]

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  • A HANDSOME HAND-COLOURED COPY OF ONE OF MOST IMPORTANT SERIES OF AQUATINT VIEWS OF INDIA, which includes the first printed depiction of the Taj Mahal (shown in the background of plate 15 "A View of the Fort of Agra").

    William Hodges (1744-1797) made his name as a draughtsman whilst accompanying Captain Cook on his second voyage to the Pacific. In 1779, under the patronage of Warren Hastings, he travelled to India and remained there for six years, making visits to Calcutta, Cawnpoor, Lucknow, Allahabad, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri. On his return he was made a Royal Academician and published the present work in parts between 1785 and 1788 "making a substantial contribution to the British perception of India's past... Alexander Humboldt [recording] that the sight of Hodges' Indian views was one of the inducements which led to travel" (ODNB).
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