Explorers Explaining customs: Omai Portrait detectives activity outline

Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2
Resource type: 
Classroom activity
National Maritime Museum, Queen's House
School subject: 
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

Getting your portrait painted has always been quite expensive. Most of the time only important or rich people have had their portraits painted. Omai was important because he was the first Pacific islander to visit Britain: so his portrait was painted. William was not important or rich enough to be painted.