'Panorama of Raiatea, Septr 1st 1849. Tahaa to the right' [Society Islands]

No. 19 in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. A fold-out panoramic drawing on three joined sheets, the central one stuck down to the album page. Raiatea (properly Ra'iatea, and also called Ulieta/ Ulietea in the 18th century) is the second largest Society Island after Tahiti, French Polynesia. The chief modern town on Raiatea is Uturoa, which is the administrative center for the Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-vent) of the Society group: this is not visible in Fanshawe's drawing, being at the north end. The islands of Raiatea and Tahaa (far right, to the north) are both enclosed by the same coral reef, and may once have been a single island. Fanshawe's drawing is apparently taken from the south-eastern corner of Raiatea, the settlement possibly being Opoa. Fanshawe reached Raiatea on the evening of 30 August, met local missionaries and had an interview the next day with Tamatoa, the chief (brother of Queen Teri’i tari’a of Huahine). On the 2nd he went to Tahaa before sailing for Bora Bora. This is one of a group of 11 Fanshawe drawings of the Society Islands, PAI4616 - PAI427 made while he commanded the 'Daphne' in the Pacific: only this one shows Raiatea.

Object Details

ID: PAI4624
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Fanshawe, Edward Gennys
Places: Raiatea
Date made: 1 Sep 1849
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 227 x 325 m
Parts: Album of watercolours of Madeira, Brazil, the Falkland and Pacific Islands, Chile, Panama, Mexico, Vancouver, and California (Album)

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