Pocahontas in English Dress

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Title

Pocahontas in English Dress

Description

Pocahontas wears pearls and a European-style fashionable dress in this mid-nineteenth-century oil painting by Thomas Sully. The legendary Indian is portrayed here at a key moment in her life: after she had begun to assimilate to English culture, but before her ill-fated trip to England in 1616. Early in her return voyage to Virginia, she became ill and died at Gravesend in March 1617.

Sully was born in England but immigrated with his family to Richmond in 1792. He became a renowned portraitist in Philadelphia, where he worked for most of his professional life. With growing sectionalism dividing the country in the mid-nineteenth-century, Sully painted this image, which would surely appeal to Virginians, and donated it to the Virginia Historical Society.

Description courtesy of Encyclopedia Virginia

Creator

Thomas Sully

Source

Virginia Historical Society

Date

1852

Rights

Coverage

nineteenth century
seventeenth century
England
Richmond

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil on canvas

Files

Pocahontas-in-English-Dress.jpg

Citation

Thomas Sully, “Pocahontas in English Dress,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed September 23, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/159.

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