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Dress and ornament in the Americas

John White painting

Height: 263.000 mm
Width: 150.000 mm

PD 1906-5-9-1(12)

John White painting

From: North America
Date: about AD 1585-93

John White was an artist who went to North America with English explorers. Before the invention of photography in the 19th century, paintings and drawings were the only way that people in Europe could see how people in the Americas lived.

This Algonquin hunter has a deerskin skirt, beads around his neck, feathers in his hair and painted patterns on his body. At the top of the picture White has written 'The manner of their attire and painting them selves when they goe to their generall huntings, or at theire solemne feasts'.