From the Publisher
"Full of insightful revelations, subtle inferences, and extraordinary detail that bring to both the serious scholar and casual reader a refreshing look at the corpus of John White's work."
NC Historical Review
"Provides not only a new edition of White's images but also many new insights and perspectives on the artist."
American Literary History
"A well-rounded portrait of White, his significance, and his role in England's early colonial activities in North America."
"Put[s] White's paintings, beautifully reproduced, into the hands of a large number of readers."
Huntington Library Quarterly
"This book should be in every library devoted to art and history."
"This handsome collaborative volume . . . brings the best of today's interdisciplinary scholarship to bear on his work in both its original and engraved versions."
International History Review
"Provides background and context for White and his work in three deeply researched essays as well as in the text accompanying the beautifully reproduced watercolors from the exhibition."
William and Mary Quarterly
"Splendid. . . . A great contribution to early Carolinian history."
Post and Courier
"A thought-provoking volume."
Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology
"A masterful book that should be strongly recommended for all ages, classrooms, and libraries. . . . Highly recommended."
This masterfully crafted volume accompanies and complements an exhibit of John White's 16th-century artwork that opened recently at the British Museum. Compiled and partly written by Sloan (curator, Enlightenment Gallery, British Museum), it includes a catalog of all the artist's watercolors and drawings held at the museum. White's artwork provided residents of Elizabethan England with their first visual impressions of the plants, animals, and inhabitants of the Americas and showed them glimpses of environments and cultures very different from their own (he participated in five voyages to the Americas during the 1580s). In introductory chapters, Sloan and three prominent historical scholars provide background information on what is known about White's life and art, the Elizabethan context of his work, the lifestyles of the Algonquin Native Americans with whom he came into contact, and the engravings of his paintings. Together, they have done an outstanding job of insightfully presenting White's work in the context of his time while also showing its historical relevance. An extremely well-written and well-researched work with excellent art reproductions (185, in color), copious endnotes, and an extensive bibliography; very highly recommended for history and art collections in academic and large public libraries.