A Rare Glimpse of England's First Sight of the New World
Jury, Louise, The Independent (London, England)
They are rare glimpses of the New World captured by one of the first Englishmen to encounter the American Native Indians.
Seventy-five water-colours depicting a ground-breaking colony in North Carolina are to be brought out of the British Museum stores for the first time in a generation for a new exhibition next year. The works, which are more than 400 years old, are so vulnerable to light damage they have not been displayed in their entirety since 1964.
The show, entitled A New World: England's First View of America, will introduce new British audiences to a story which is a famous part of American folklore - the tale of the first efforts to found an English colony in North America before the more successful attempts at Jamestown and Plymouth in Virginia.
In the late 16th century, Sir Walter Raleigh, the great adventurer, was granted a patent by Elizabeth I to colonise America and advance parties were despatched in his name -although without Raleigh himself. Among the party which landed at Roanoke in the 1580s under Sir Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane was John White, a figure about whom little is known other than he was an accomplished painter.
He painted the Native Indians at work and play, including details of their crops and fishing, and returned to the Elizabethan Court to circulate the drawings as an …
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Publication information: Article title: A Rare Glimpse of England's First Sight of the New World. Contributors: Jury, Louise - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 8, 2006. Page number: 13. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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