HOARE, Sophia (Mrs.) (attributed)
Photographic portrait of Princess Moe-a-Mai, consort of King Tamatoa V of Raiatea, Tahiti.
Circa 1880. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (106 x 63 mm); no photographer’s imprint; verso inscribed in pencil in two different but contemporary hands ‘Princess Tomatoa (sic)’ and ‘Moe, femme de Tamatoa’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition.
A superb studio portrait, attributed to the Papeete photographer Madame Hoare, of Moe-te-ra-uri a Moe-Tati Maheanu’u-a-Mai, Ari‘irahi of Huahine and Pare-Arue (1850-1890). Known more simply as Princess Moe-a-Mai, she was a prominent member of the Tahitian royal house of Pomare, being the wife of King Tamatoa V of Raiatea (1842-1881). She was the eldest daughter of Tehapapai Maheanu’u-a-Mai, of Fa’aa, Judge of the High Court, Pastor and Member of the Supreme Council of Churches, by his wife, Teri’i-tau-mai-te-ra’i Tepau-a-Tati Ma-hea-nu’u-vahine, youngest daughter of Tetapu-a-Ta’aroa (Tepa’u), the eldest son of Tati Taura-atua-i-Patea, Ari‘irahi of Papara.