• Creator
  • Simon van de Passe, 1595 - 1647
  • Created Date
  • 1616
  • Description
  • Created during Pocahontas's travels in England with her husband, John Rolfe, this engraving depicts her in English garb. Through its portrayal of the Indian princess, the print suggests that the New World could be seamlessly integrated into the British empire. The inscription provides both her Native American name, Matoaka (Pocahontas was a nickname meaning "playful one"), and her Christian name, Rebecca, and identifies her father, Prince Powh... more
    Created during Pocahontas's travels in England with her husband, John Rolfe, this engraving depicts her in English garb. Through its portrayal of the Indian princess, the print suggests that the New World could be seamlessly integrated into the British empire. The inscription provides both her Native American name, Matoaka (Pocahontas was a nickname meaning "playful one"), and her Christian name, Rebecca, and identifies her father, Prince Powhatan, as the emperor of Virginia. The engraving is in Bazilioologia: A Booke of Kings (1618), a collection of portraits of British monarchs and notables, attesting to the admiration Pocahontas generated among her contemporaries. less
  • Format
  • Engraving on paper
  • Rights
  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution