William Hodges is a pioneer in Indian landscape painting



William Hodges was the first professional artist to introduce a new style and make on-the-spot sketches of the picturesque Indian landscape and its magnificent
monuments.

William Hodges was undoubtedly the pioneer in the field of landscape painting and also one of the most sensitive and poetic whose writings are as unique as his paintings.

Born in London in 1744, Hodges came from a humble background. While serving as an errand boy, he came to be noticed by well-known British artist Richard Wilson, who was so impressed with the young boy’s artistic talent that he decided to take him on as his pupil.

Hodges travelled extensively in India by road and also by boat up and down the Ganges. He was thus able to see the country’s imposing and colourful landscape and novel architecture that impressed him immensely.

He visited and recorded some of the great Mughal monuments at Delhi and Agra. Hodges’ journal of his travels in India (1780-83) published in 1793 is a remarkable
document with some of his observations almost poetic and others highly illuminating as well as amusing and romantic.

Hodges’ journal of his travels in India (1780-83) published in 1793 is a remarkable document with some of his observations almost poetic and others highly illuminating as well as amusing and romantic.

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