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Theodore von Holst's 1838 painting Sir Joseph Banks with Omai and Dr. Daniel Solander
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Theodore von Holst's 1838 painting Sir Joseph Banks with Omai and Dr. Daniel Solander

Omai was a young Tahitian who was picked up on Captain Cook's second voyage of discovery by Captain Furneaux on the HMS Adventure. He accompanied the English ship back to London where he was introduced into London society, sheparded by Sir Joseph Banks. His portrait was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and his journey to England and subsequent return to Tahiti became the subject of a theatrical production, written and directed by the dramatist John O’Keeffe, entitled Omai – A Voyage ‘round the World that was performed during the 1785 Christmas season at London’s Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. Image File history File links Von_Holst_-_Sir_Joseph_Banks_with_Omai_and_Dr._Daniel_Solander. ... Image File history File links Von_Holst_-_Sir_Joseph_Banks_with_Omai_and_Dr._Daniel_Solander. ... Tahitian could refer to the Tahitian language the native Tahitian people a resident of Tahiti or perhaps of French Polynesia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... British explorer James Cook is most noted for having discovered Australia and Hawaii. ... Joseph Banks Sir Joseph Banks (February 13, 1743 - June 19, 1820) was the British naturalist and botanist on Cooks first great voyage (1768-1771) and some 75 species bear Banks name. ... Sir Joshua Reynolds Sir Joshua Reynolds (July 16, 1723–February 23, 1792) was the most important and influential of eighteenth-century English painters, specialising in portraits and promoting the Grand Style in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Numerous theatres, especially in the UK, have been named Theatre Royal; the name was once an indication that the theatre had a Royal Patent without which theatrical performances were illegal. ... Covent Garden is a district in central London and within the easterly bounds of the City of Westminster. ...


 
 

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