Category Archives: Tahiti

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Gardenia taitensis, also known as Tahitian Gardenia or Tiare Flower, is a species within the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. The anglicized name Tahitian Gardenia is something of a misnomer since it is neither native nor naturalised in Tahiti. It

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Gardenia taitensis, also known as Tahitian Gardenia or Tiare Flower, is a species within the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. The anglicized name Tahitian Gardenia is something of a misnomer since it is neither native nor naturalised in Tahiti. It

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Dicliptera bracteata is a species within the Acanthaceae family of flowering plants. Acanthaceae is a group of dicotyledonous plants containing almost 250 genera and about 2,500 species. The dicotyledons, also known as dicots, are plants whose seed typically has two

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Dicliptera bracteata is a species within the Acanthaceae family of flowering plants. Acanthaceae is a group of dicotyledonous plants containing almost 250 genera and about 2,500 species. The dicotyledons, also known as dicots, are plants whose seed typically has two

Aphrodite’s Island

When French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville landed at Tahiti in 1768, he immediately named the island ‘La Nouvelle Cythère’ (New Cytheria) after the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The origin of Aphrodite’s name is unknown but according

Aphrodite’s Island

When French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville landed at Tahiti in 1768, he immediately named the island ‘La Nouvelle Cythère’ (New Cytheria) after the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The origin of Aphrodite’s name is unknown but according

Tahitian beauty rejuvinated

Restoration work on a portrait of a Tahitian princess, painted more than 200 years ago, is almost complete. The picture of Poedua by the artist John Webber dates back to 1785 and was purchased for $2 million at auction two

Tahitian beauty rejuvinated

Restoration work on a portrait of a Tahitian princess, painted more than 200 years ago, is almost complete. The picture of Poedua by the artist John Webber dates back to 1785 and was purchased for $2 million at auction two

Human zoos: When real people were exhibits

A new exhibition in Paris looks at the history of so-called human zoos, which put people from foreign countries on display as article of curiosity. Among the exhibits is an early portrait of a Tahitian man called Omai, who was

Human zoos: When real people were exhibits

A new exhibition in Paris looks at the history of so-called human zoos, which put people from foreign countries on display as article of curiosity. Among the exhibits is an early portrait of a Tahitian man called Omai, who was

The transit of Venus and the longitude problem – a brief(ish) history

The size of the solar system was one of the chief puzzles of 18th century science. Astronomers of the day knew that six planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – orbited the Sun (they had not yet

The transit of Venus and the longitude problem – a brief(ish) history

The size of the solar system was one of the chief puzzles of 18th century science. Astronomers of the day knew that six planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – orbited the Sun (they had not yet

Wow! Marlon Brando’s island

Located on the French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa and a product of the late Marlon Brando’s vision, construction on The Brando is progressing steadily with completion set for late 2012. The exclusive resort will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa,

Wow! Marlon Brando’s island

Located on the French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa and a product of the late Marlon Brando’s vision, construction on The Brando is progressing steadily with completion set for late 2012. The exclusive resort will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa,

Tahitian prince reunited with princess

Prince Raanui Daunassans-Pomare inspects a $2 million c1785 painting of Tahitian princess Poedua, which once belonged to his grandmother. The portrait by John Webber is currently being restored in New Zealand. Poedua was taken hostage by Captain Cook during his

Tahitian prince reunited with princess

Prince Raanui Daunassans-Pomare inspects a $2 million c1785 painting of Tahitian princess Poedua, which once belonged to his grandmother. The portrait by John Webber is currently being restored in New Zealand. Poedua was taken hostage by Captain Cook during his

On this day in 1769…

On his first voyage around the world, Captain James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour arrived at Tahiti, to prepare for the transit of Venus in June. This is a digital copy of the journal kept by the naturalist

On this day in 1769…

On his first voyage around the world, Captain James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour arrived at Tahiti, to prepare for the transit of Venus in June. This is a digital copy of the journal kept by the naturalist

Joseph Banks’ voyage of discovery with a forgotten watercolourist

Sydney Parkinson’s Knightia Excelsa is among the works on display as part of Tate Britain’s current ‘Watercolour’ exhibition. The Scottish artist accompanied naturalist Joseph Banks on his 1768 voyage to the Pacific on board the Endeavour but died on the

Joseph Banks’ voyage of discovery with a forgotten watercolourist

Sydney Parkinson’s Knightia Excelsa is among the works on display as part of Tate Britain’s current ‘Watercolour’ exhibition. The Scottish artist accompanied naturalist Joseph Banks on his 1768 voyage to the Pacific on board the Endeavour but died on the