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IMAGE number
USB392946
Title
View of Oaitepeha Bay, Tahiti (oil on canvas)
Artist
Hodges, William (1744-97) / English
Location
Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, UK
Medium
oil on canvas
Date
1776 AD (C18th AD)
Dimensions
90.0x135.6 cms
Description
Tahiti Revisited; Vaitepiha Bay discovered on the second voyage of Captain Cook in 1772-75. The background of picture is dominated by towering mountain peaks; river in foreground, broken by a stone causeway, with a naked female bather in the water floating on her back and on the right, another naked female bather, seated with her back to the spectator, drying herself with a large white towel and displaying her tattooed bottom, the river winds through a wooded area of land where there is a native hut, and a carving of a ‘tii’ or ancestral image on the far right foreground which is shown seated in a high-backed chair or throne (this is based on the figures which are found on the prows of certain Tahitian boats); on the bank between the two figures are three tall coconut palms. The bathers are painted as white-skinned to avoid upsetting the sensibilities of the time.
Photo credit
The Fairhaven Collection / National Trust Photographic Library/John Hammond / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
nakedness / naked / nude / nudity / female / discovery / bathing / exploration / swimming / tahitian / mountains / south pacific / polynesia / Painting / Mzpainting

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