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A View of the Island of Madeira

Photo credit: Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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William Hodges was the official artist appointed on Cook’s Second Voyage of discovery to the Pacific. Madeira was a favourite stopping place for ships on their outward voyage to the East, and the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure' took on fresh water, beef, wine, fruit and even 1,000 bunches of onions, which were thought to help combat scurvy. Hodges completed this painting five years later after the ships called at Madeira.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum





oil on wooden panel


H 47 x W 64 cm (E)

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Acquisition method

purchased from John Mitchell & Son with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 2001

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BA England

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