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[Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands; Otago chief of Amsterdam Island; and two other portraits. Plate] 79.

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After: William Wade Ellis (1751-1785) After: William Hodges (1744-1797) Engraver: Carlo Bottigelli (active 1800-1820?)


Shows two paints of portraits, each of the four taken from different sources, including works by John Webber and William Hodges. Upper left shows Fatafehi Poulaho wearing a fan-shaped feathered headdress. Beside him at top right is a man with bare sholders and a cloth wrapped around his torso. At lower left is a reproduction if Hodges' "Otago, chief of Amsterdam Island (Tongatabu), and beside him at lower right is a woman based on both Webber's "Woman of Eua" and his "Portrait of Poedua" (of Raiatea or Ulietea); she had cloth wrapped around her below the breasts, a necklace and arm tattoo.

From an unknown Italian publication. One of the etchers was Angelo Biasioli, 1790-1830.

Cook was in Tongatapu and Raiatea in 1777, on his third voayge.

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Raiatea, French Polynesia