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Michael Ashcroft (British, b.1974)
LOT ID: 80588
William Hodges, A View in the Island of New Caledonia, 1777-8, 2005

Oil, on Canvas
68.11 х 100 in. (173 x 254 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated verso
Lot description
Artwork measures 68.11 x 100 inches (173 x 254 cm).

Executed in 2005, this monumental landscape by Michael Ashcroft depicts a Pacific vista taken from an eighteenth-century source: the work of the artist William Hodges, who was commissioned by the British Admiralty as a painter on Captain James Cook's second voyage. While Hodges's painting served as both scientific documentation and a celebration of imperial exploration, Ashcroft's work is a subtle re-envisioning of the New Caledonian landscape from a contemporary, post-imperial British perspective.

Michael Ashcroft (b. 1974) is a contemporary British artist whose large-scale paintings and drawings experiment with the meaning, history, and socio-political implications of the landscape genre. Though deriving technical inspiration from landscape painters of the nineteenth century, Ashcroft does not paint from life, but works from source materials such as vintage atlases and travel guides. His work has been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London, England; Max Wigram Gallery, London, England; Anthony d’Offay, London, England; and Andrea Rosen Galley, New York, NY.

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William Hodges, A View in the Island of New Caledonia, 1777-8 by Michael Ashcroft
  • William Hodges, A View in the Island of New Caledonia, 1777-8 by Michael Ashcroft
  • William Hodges, A View in the Island of New Caledonia, 1777-8 by Michael Ashcroft
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