'Maitea [Mehetia], Augt 20th 1849' [Society Islands]

No. 11 in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. Captioned by the artist on the album page below the image, as title. The drawing shows Fanshawe's 'Daphne' under sail off what he called 'the bold rock of Maiatea' (Mehetia), in the Society Islands, which they passed at sunset on the evening of 20 August before reaching Papeete, Tahiti, on the morning of the 21st. It is a small uninhabited island about 110 km (68 miles) east of the southern point of Tahiti. It is volcanic with a well defined crater that still has an active hot spot. This is one of a group of 11 Fanshawe drawings of the Society Islands, PAI4616 - PAI426.

Object Details

ID: PAI4616
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Fanshawe, Edward Gennys
Places: Mehetia
Date made: 20 Aug 1849
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 113 x 176 mm
Parts: Album of watercolours of Madeira, Brazil, the Falkland and Pacific Islands, Chile, Panama, Mexico, Vancouver, and California (Album)

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