Story: European discovery of New Zealand

‘A view in Dusky Bay’ (2nd of 2)

‘A view in Dusky Bay’

Unlike the previous image, painted at the time of Cook’s visit to Dusky Sound, this more romantic representation was painted in oils by William Hodges after his return to England. During his stay in the sound, Cook established an observatory to help him fix New Zealand’s position accurately. It was also a chance for Cook to observe the landscape and vegetation, and to make contact with a Māori family living there.

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Oil painting by William Hodges

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Cook’s three voyages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2021)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016