||Otaheite was originally named Port Royal Harbour in King George the Third's Island by Captain Samuel Wallis (1728-1795). The view is taken from One Tree Hill, and the tree is a new species of the Erythrina. Sydney Parkinson (a Scottish landscape artist on Captain Cook's first Endeavor voyage from 1768-1771) made field studies of plants and animal species that were then engraved to be included in John Hawkesworth's Voyages (an account of the journeys by Captain Cook, Vice Admiral John Byron, and Joseph Banks published on behalf of the Admirality in 1773).
This is the first of two such engravings. Mounted in album with PAI3938-PAI3955, PAI3957-PAI4076.; Page 17.