A View of an Insulated Rock, in the River Ganges, at Jangerah.
London, Publish'd 15th Aug.st 1787 by J. Grives, 103 Strand.
Aquatint printed in sepia, platemark 330 x 480mm (13 x 19") very large margins.
Two large granite rocks along the Ganges near Sultanganj, the larger of which is cut off from the bank at high tide. At the time this print was made, the rock projecting out of the river was 'a small hermitage for a Hindoo Fakir'. The artist William Hodges wrote: 'this rock is always considered a place of sanctity, having upon it a small temple of the Hindoos, and on many parts of the rock an imperfect representation in sculpture of some of the Hindoo deities.' Plate 32 from Hodges' 'Select Views in India' (1785-8), which he engraved from his own preparatory sketches. Hodges (1744-97) was apprenticed to the great landscape painter Richard Wilson, although his later work adjusted Wilson's classical landscape style to befit the very different landscapes he saw on his travels. In 1772 Hodges travelled as the official artist on Capt. James Cook’s second voyage to the South Pacific, spending three years with the expedition. Returning to England in 1775 Hodges was employed by the Admiralty to paint large-scale works based on sketches he had made, and to supervise engravings based on his illustrations. From 1779 to 1783 Hodges was in India, where Warren Hastings was his patron, and where he made the sketches and studies which resulted in 'Select Views in India'. In 1786 he was elected to the Royal Academy, and in 1793 he published 'Travels in India' which complemented the 'Select Views' with descriptions of India's climate, architecture and history.
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