5 of 5 portraits of Omai
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
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- Omai (circa 1753-circa 1780), First Tahitian to visit England. Sitter in 5 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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- Hackforth-Jones, Jos; Bindman, David; Pratt, Stephanie; Ray, Romita, Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850, 2007 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 March to 17 June 2007), p. 49