Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783 . . . The second edition, corrected. ... Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783 . . . The second edition, corrected. ... Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783 . . . The second edition, corrected. ...

Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783 . . . The second edition, corrected. (BOUND AFTER) The Landscape, a didactic poem. In three books. Addressed to Uvedale Price, Esq

HODGES, William R.A.; KNIGHT, Richard Payne - - TWO WORKS IN ONE

Published by printed for the author and sold by J. Edwards; printed by W. Bulmer and co . . . and sold by G. Nicol. . . ., London; London, 1794
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I: Large folding engraving ("A Map of Part of Bengal and Bahar with the provinces of Benares, Allahabad, Oude and Agra) plus 14 engraved plates.II: With 3 plates (2 with fold-outs). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked with the original red morocco and gilt spine laid down. Bookplate of Miss Williams, Penpont, on pastedown, small strip (with her ownership inscription) torn away from upper margin of title. Second edition, first printed the prior year. The plates to this account were engraved after the sketchbooks kept by the first professional British landscape painter to visit India. William Hodges (1744-1797) spent six years on the subcontinent under the patronage of the governor, Warren Hastings. Hodges was ravished by the beauty of the scenery, especially by the ancient architectural monuments, but also by the people, and he provides a touching account of the rite of Suttee. On his return he made and exhibited his paintings of views of India, publishing a set of forty-eight aquatints after them as Travels in India, as well as A dissertation on the prototypes of architecture, Hindoo, Moorish, and Gothic in which he championed Indian architecture as equal to the classical.Hodges had obtained the rudiments of drawing as an errand boy at Shipley's drawing school. His talent was recognized by Richard Wilson, R.A., who took him on as an assistant and pupil. Through the patronage of Lord Palmerston, Hodges obtained a post as draftsman on Captain Cook's second voyage to the South Seas and, on his return was retained by the Admiralty to complete the drawings and superintend their engraving for the published account of the voyage. His first exhibition at the Royal Academy was of a view of Otahite in 1776. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1786, and a full member in 1787.II. First edition. The publication of The landscape resulted in a public controversy, in part for its critique of the landscape architectural styles of Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, but more for the author's skeptical viewpoint and liberal politics. The author was dubbed by Horace Walpole as "the Knight of the Brazen Milk-Pot" (after the small brazen pot, plate III) and vilified for an "insolent and self-conceited poem." In actuality, the controversy was largely motivated and fueled by Knight's The progress of civil society (1796).Knight (1750-1824), antiquary, numismatist, and Liberal MP, was the author of A history of phallic worship and An inquiry into the symbological language of ancient art and literature. The dedication is to his close friend and neighbor, Uvedale Price, the author of Essays on the picturesque,who shared his desire to reform popular taste. Knight's extensive collection of classical bronzes, coins, gems, and drawings was given to the British Museum.The Williams family were prominent landowners in South Wales, with a seat at Penpont. A Miss Williams, Penpont, appears on the subscriber's list to W.E. Bickmore's A course of historical and chronological instruction (London, 1836). Bookseller Inventory # 12895

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Title: Travels in India, during the years 1780, ...

Publisher: printed for the author and sold by J. Edwards; printed by W. Bulmer and co . . . and sold by G. Nicol. . . ., London; London

Publication Date: 1794

Edition: I: Second edition; II: First edition.

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