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Name White, John
Life Dates c. 1540 - c. 1593
Born: London, England
Died: ?, possibly County Cork, Ireland
Nationality English
Occupation watercolor artist
colonist
Notes White was among the earliest colonists to North America, sailing to present-day North Carolina in 1585, serving as an artist and mapmaker to that expedition, and later becoming governor of the first attempt at English settlement in the New World at Roanoke Island. His illustrations of Native Americans became well-known and widely distributed in Europe after they were engraved by Theodor De Bry and published along with written accounts of the New World in 1590.
Role Artist

Associated Records

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.12

Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.12

"The Englishmen's Arrival in Virginia," c. 1590, hand-colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. De Bry's engravings were published in Frankfurt in his series, "Grand Voyages." Volume I (1590) paired de Bry's engravings with a reissue of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia," written in 1588 by Thomas Harriot, who accompanied John White and approximately 600 colonists to Roanoke in 1585. Harriot's description of his year at Roanoke, was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. This print has a hand-drawn map of the coast of Virginia with two large sailing ships, five partially sunken ships

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.13

Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.13

"A Young Gentlewoman of Secota," c. 1590, hand-colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. De Bry's engravings were published in Frankfurt in his series, "Grand Voyages." Volume I (1590) paired de Bry's engravings with a reissue of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia," written in 1588 by Thomas Harriot, who accompanied John White and approximately 600 colonists to Roanoke in 1585. Harriot's description of his year at Roanoke, was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. This print is similar to "A Chief of Roanoke," showing the front and back views of a young partially-clad Native American

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.14

Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.14

"A Noblewoman of Pomeiock, "c. 1590, engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. De Bry's engravings were published in Frankfurt in his series, "Grand Voyages." Volume I (1590) paired de Bry's engravings with a reissue of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia," written by Thomas Harriot, who accompanied John White and approximately 600 colonists to Roanoke in 1585. Harriot's description of his year at Roanoke, was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. This print shows a young Native American woman and girl in similar dress and setting as the others in this group. The woman has her arm through, and

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.11

Art-2D Collection - 2010.25.11

"A Chief of Roanoke," c. 1590, hand-colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. De Bry's engravings were published in Frankfurt in his series, "Grand Voyages." Volume I (1590) paired de Bry's engravings with a reissue of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia," written in 1588 by Thomas Harriot, who accompanied John White and approximately 600 colonists to Roanoke in 1585. Harriot's description of his year at Roanoke, was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. This image has the front and rear view of a Native American chief from Roanoke Island standing on the shore of a body of water wi