'The Lad Taiyota, Native of Otaheite, in the Dress of his Country' Richard Bernard Godfrey
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'The Lad Taiyota, Native of Otaheite, in the Dress of his Country'
Full length portrait of Taiata, referred to here as 'Taiyota', in left profile, playing a nose flute, vivo. He is shown in a traditional textile garment.
Illustration from A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty's ship, The Endeavour, by Sydney Parkinson (London, 1773), which was published posthumously.
Sydney Parkinson (c.1745-1771) Scottish natural history artist and Joseph Banks's (1743–1820) illustrator on board HMS Endeavour's voyage to the Pacific in 1768, under Lieutenant James Cook (1728-1779).
Endeavour's mission was to observe the Transit of Venus, which they did from Tahiti on 3rd June 1769, and explore, claim resources and trade in the 'unknown southern land', Terra Australis Incognita.
Taiata was the young servant of Tupaia (c.1724–1770), referred to by the Europeans as 'Toobaiah'. Born of the elite Raiatea, Ra'iātea, Tupaia was the high priest of Tahiti. Both Taiata and Tupaia were enlisted by the Endeavour's party to act as intermediaries.
- Image reference: RS-9207
- The Royal Society
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