Senis Pomeioocenfis hiberna vestis (The Winter Attire of an Old Man of Pomeiooc)

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Title

Senis Pomeioocenfis hiberna vestis (The Winter Attire of an Old Man of Pomeiooc)

Description

An elderly Indian man poses in front of the palisaded town of Pomeiooc in this colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. Adding considerable detail to White's eyewitness sketch, de Bry attempts to depict the lives of Algonquian-speaking Indians in the Outer Banks region of present-day North Carolina. These Indians are closely related in language and culture to the Indians of Tidewater Virginia, and White's paintings are an important source of historical and ethnographic information about both groups.

De Bry embellished the scene originally depicted by White. He set the scene on a hilltop overlooking the circular fortifications of Pomeiooc, an Indian town visited by White, Thomas Hariot, and other English colonists at Roanoke in July 1585.

De Bry's engravings accompanied A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia, Hariot's description of his year at Roanoke, which was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. This rare, hand-colored version of the illustration appeared in a 1590 edition published in Latin.

Description courtesy of Encyclopedia Virginia.

Creator

Theodor de Bry

Source

The Mariners' Museum

Date

ca. 1590

Coverage

sixteenth century
North Carolina
Virginia

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Original Format

Colored engraving

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E141B91-p11Senis.jpg

Citation

Theodor de Bry, “Senis Pomeioocenfis hiberna vestis (The Winter Attire of an Old Man of Pomeiooc),” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed September 16, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/278.

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