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Description

Impressive hand-colored engraving of the marriage of Pocahontas and the Englishman John Rolfe.

The stylized historical scene is summarized by the Library of Congress in their entry for the print:

Painter Henry Brueckner imagined the 1616 wedding between the Englishman John Rolfe and the Powhatan Pocahontas. Presiding over the wedding is Alexander Whitaker, who was not actually at the ceremony, being the minister at Henrico. Standing to the right of Rolfe, between two Englishmen, is Opachisco, Chief Powhatan's brother, who was sent as his emissary to attend the wedding, as described in the papers of John Smith. Two of Chief Powhatan's sons are seated at the bench on the right. Sir Thomas Gates, the former governor of the colony, seated at right, had returned to England prior to the wedding. Brueckner also places Rolfe's deceased wife in the image, directly below the minister.

The original oil painting by Brueckner is now in the collections of the New York State Office of General Services, New York State Executive Mansion, Albany, N.Y.

Condition Description
Early and-coloring. Some marginal dampstaining. Even toning overall. Mounted on board.