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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2010.25.14
Object Name Print
Description "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 supported by, a multi-strand necklace of pearls or copper beads, and has a gourd vessel in her left hand. The girl carries toys given to her by the English.

English translation of German text:


About twenty miles from Roanoke, near the Lake of Paquippe, is another town called Pomeiock, close to the sea. The chief ladies of that town dress very much like the women of Roanoke. Their hair is worn in a knot, and their skin is pumiced. Around their necks they wear a chain of large pearls or copper beads or smooth bones five or six strands deep. This gives support to one of their arms. In the other hand they usually carry a gourd full of some pleasant drink. Their clothing is a deerskin, tied double and folded high under their breasts, reaching almost to their knees in front, while their backs are almost naked.

They are very often accompanied by their young daughters. These little girls of seven or eight years wear girdles of skin, padded with moss, which pass between their legs. But as soon as they reach the age of ten, they dress in deerskings just as the older ones do. When we gave them the puppets and dolls that we had brought from England, they were highly delighted.
Title A Noblewoman of Pomeiock
Date c. 1590
Role of Creator Engraver
Creator Bry, Theodor de
Role of Creator 2 Copy After
Creator 2 White, John
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique engraving
Dimensions H-11.5 W-8.5 inches
Place of Origin Europe/Germany/Frankfurt
Subjects Explorers
Expeditions & surveys
Native American
Clothing & dress
Childhood & youth
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