Historic NZ painting bombs in UK auction

  • 30/10/2015

A very early painting of Maori in New Zealand by William Hodges has failed to sell at an auction in London.

A Maori at Cascade Cove in Dusky Bay, New Zealand was expected to fetch between between £70,000 (NZ$159,835) and £100,000 at a sale by auction house Christies.

It appears in the auction results without a realised sale price listed.

Hodges was the official artist on board Captain James Cook's The Resolution.

After three months exploring the southern seas and making the first ever crossing of the Antarctic Circle, Cook took the Resolution into Dusky Bay in Fiordland in 1773.

Although the visit was marked by wretchedly wet weather, after the barren wastes of the Antarctic ice fields, the lush scenery of the bay prompted some of Hodges's most attractive voyage pictures.

Cascade Cove lies just south of Pickersgill Harbour and was the source of the first sightings of Maori by officers on March 28 of that year.