The Royal BC Museum in Victoria has unveiled a rare portrait of the man who explored and charted much of the B.C. coast in the 18th century, becoming namesake to Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

The painting of Captain George Vancouver is one of only two known portraits of the British explorer, according to the RBCM.

It was unveiled Tuesday next to a full-scale replica of Vancouver's ship, HMS Discovery, currently featured in the museum.

It will eventually move to the museum's Becoming B.C. gallery later this year as part of a museum-wide update.

The portrait was introduced by Janice Charette, Canadian High Commissioner to the U.K.