HODGES, William. London 26.10.1744 — 6.3.1797. British Artist in India. “Son of a smith, learnt to draw, exhibited at the Society of Artists, became a draughtsman on Captain Cook’s second expedition, 1772-75; exhibited at the Royal Academy, went to India, 1778-84, under the patronage of Warren Hastings.” Stayed mainly in Lucknow. Member of Royal Academy 1789, visited St. Petersburg 1790, retired as a painter in 1795. He settled now in Devon and became involved in a bank business, which failed in 1797. Possibly committed suicide. Best known of his large landscape paintings.
Publications: A comparative view of the ancient monuments of India. 1785 (but see Gough!).
– Travels in India during the years 1780-83. 1793, 2nd corrected ed. 154 p. 14 pl. L. 1794.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; *G.H.R. Tillotson, “The Indian Travels of W.H.”, JRAS 3rd S. 2, 1992, 377-398; Wikipedia.