Artwork Description / Detail
George Baloghy’s painting, Capt. Cook meets the Noble Savage, is based closely on a William Hodges’ (1744 -1793) oil painting titled “A View of Dusky Bay, New Zealand“, now in the Auckland City Art Gallery collection. Hodges, a Royal Academy trained professional went with Capt. Cook on his second voyage in 1773. Baloghy has copied the original fairly closely, but has inserted Cook’s ship “Resolution” as well as Cook himself rowing out to meet the local men. Much has been written about Hodges’ painting, particularly his romantic style, which was the great fashion in Europe at the time, as well as his inability to represent the rugged nature of the New Zealand landscape and people. Hence he depicts a native posing as a classical Greek heroic figure, and a landscape that looks totally alien to Dusky Sound as it is. There are at least three versions of the original, all painted in England from his own sketches. Baloghy has combined differing elements to create a new image, whilst still paying homage to the original.