This beautifully illustrated book reproduces in full the famous and rarely seen British Museum collection of drawings and watercolors made by John White, who in 1585 accompanied a group of English settlers sent by Sir Walter Raleigh to found a colony on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Sloan's introduction is followed by three specially commissioned essays covering John White himself, the indigenous inhabitants he depicted, and the historical context of his visit. The book explores John White's role as a colonist, surveyor, and artist who not only recorded plants and animals but also provided a window on a now-lost Native American culture and way of life. Oversize, with 185 color illustrations.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Kim Sloan is curator of British drawings and watercolors and Francis Finlay Curator of the Enlightenment Gallery in the British Museum. Her three previous books include "A Noble Art": Amateur Artists and Drawing Masters, c. 1600-1800.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderfully illustrated companion piece to the British Museum's complete set of John White's water colors. White, the Royal Governor of the "Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island, was a keen observer of the flora, fauna and native peoples of what later became North Carolina. For those wanting a first reflections of that time, when the British Empire was first stretching out to what became the United States, this is a great resource and well recommended.