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The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire

Kate Fullagar


Today, the portrait of the Pacific Islander, Mai, painted by Joshua Reynolds is world-renowned as a symbol of empire and of the eighteenth century. But Reynolds painted other visitors from the New World, now forgotten. One especially haunting portrait was of a Cherokee warrior called Ostenaco, who visited Britain a dozen years before Mai. This book is less about Reynolds’s portraits than the full, complicated, and richly illuminating lives behind them. It tells the whole life story of Mai, the refugee from Ra‘iatea who voyaged with James Cook to London in the 1770s and returned home again to s ... More

Keywords: British empire, Cherokee history, Pacific history, Indigenous, American Revolution, Eighteenth century, Biography, Joshua Reynolds, Ostenaco, Mai (Omai)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300243062
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300243062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Fullagar, author
Macquarie University