||This engraving after a drawing by artist William Hodges, comes from the official account of Cook's second voyage, 'A Voyage towards the South Pole', published by Strahan and Cadell in 1777. Hodges was the official voyage artist.
This portrait is of Omai (more correctly Mai), a young Raiatean from Huahine who joined Captain James Cook's second voyage to the Pacific, on board the Adventure and was the first Polynesian to visit England.
Mae caused a sensation on arriving in London, and met all the great men of the day, including George III. He had befriended James Burney, Lieutenant on the Adventure and brother of the writer Fanny Burney. She discussed meeting with him in her journal, and her impression of his fine bows, cultivated and rational manners, and his striking tattoos.
Mounted in album with PAI2055-PAI2070, PAI2072-PAI2127.