Sea History 108 - Autumn 2004

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Marine Art News ASMA Events for 2004 •ASMA Annual Meeting in Portland, Maine, 28-31 October 2004. Plans include possible collaboration with rhe Maine College of Arr. In addition ro the business meetings, the program will include a painting demonstration by Fellow Don Demers, a lecture presentation by Robert Lloyd Webb, noted maritime historian and author, on his forthcoming book, Sailor-Painter, The Uncommon Life of Charles Robert Patterson. Webb is the past curator of the Maine Maritime Museum. A plein air painting session for members and guests is also scheduled. • Coos Art Museum's 11th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Coos Bay, Oregon, 23 July-25 September 2004. Still rime to catch this year's exhibition, which includes ASMA members. For more information: Coos Arr Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. Ph. 541 267-3901; web site:; e-mail: ASMA information: ASMA, PO Box 369, Ambler, PA 19002; e-mail:; web site: www.

National Maritime Museum conservator discovers the first known eyewitness oil painting of the Antarctic.

(above) A View of Pickersgill Harbour by William Hodges; (left) his painting of

Antarctic icebergs in a rough sea was recently revealed under X-ray examination in London. Hodges joined Captain Cook's second voyage in 1772.

n preparing paintin~s for the ex~ibir~o~ William Ho~ges, 1744- ~ 797: the Art ofEx!loration, rhe Museums Head of01l Pamtmg Conservation, Caroline Hampton, noticed some unusual things about some of rhe works. This prompted her to x-ray, among others, Hodges's landscape, A View ofPickersgill Harbour, Dusky Bay in New Zealand. Under x-rays, she discovered rhar rhe tropical rainforest shown in the Pickersgill Harbour painting gives way to a startlingly different view-of Antarctic icebergs in a rough sea. C learly, Hodges had painted the Antarctic and then decided to paint over it with the Pickersgill Harbour work. This finding is very significant because this 'new' work is Hodges's only known oil painting of the Antarctic and because it proves that Pickersgill Harbour was painted on the voyage, not afterwards, thus settling a long-debated question regarding when he painted the New Zealand scene. William Hodges, 1744-1797: the Art of Exploration runs until 21 November 2004. Admission is free. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SElO 9NF; Ph. 44 (0)20 8858 4422; web site: The exhibition will also travel to the Yale Centre for British Arr, where it will be on view from 27 January-24 April 2005. J,


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The Arrival of the Packet, 24" x 30", oil on canvas

WORKS BY JEFF ELDREDGE Original works in oil @ the Cru mp McCole Gallery. Boston, MA

617-330- 11 33

Jeff Eldredge, P.O. Box 8, North Carver, MA 02355

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