William HodgesTomb and Distant View of Rajmahal Hills 1782

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Artist
William Hodges (1744‑1797)
Title
Tomb and Distant View of Rajmahal Hills
Date 1782
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 622 x 724 mm frame: 838 x 965 x 82 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Reference
T00690

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The alien landscapes and ancient buildings of India were made more familiar to Western eyes by drawing analogies with ancient Greece and Rome. In its form and style, Hodges’ picture is very like a conventional view of an Italian landscape with its antique ruins.

Such scenes were the speciality of the painter Richard Wilson, who had been Hodges’ teacher. Like a number of painters facing an ever more competitive art market at home, Hodges looked further afield for work. He travelled to India in the early 1780s.

September 2004

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