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Omai, by Samuel William Reynolds, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, published 1834 - NPG D9175 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London


by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1834
8 7/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (227 mm x 163 mm) plate size; 11 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (302 mm x 241 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D9175

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  • Omai (circa 1753-circa 1780), First Tahitian to visit England. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
  • Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835), Mezzotint engraver and painter. Artist associated with 627 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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The impact of Reynolds painting, which was widely known through this mezzotint, had an important influence on the perception of Omai as a 'noble savage.'

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