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An Indian Dance.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • An Indian Dance.
  • Description

    American Indian men and women dancing in a circle around wooden poles carved with faces, six figures crouching at left and four at right; proof illustration to William Strachey's 'The History of Travaile into Virginia Britannia', edited by Richard Henry Major (London: 1849); after Theodor de Bry.
    Etching on chine collé


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1849
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 146 millimetres
    • Width: 227 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with the title and artists' names: 'From De Bry. / Etched by Sarah E. Major.'.
  • Curator's comments

    A hand-written note on blue paper, stamped with 'MAPS', placed with the etchings, reads: 'Etchings by Mrs. R. H. Major from engravings by De Bry to illustrate Strachey's Virginia edited by Mr. Major in 1849 for the Hakluyt Society'.

    See more illustrations to the same book 1880,0807.308 to 1880,0807.312


  • Location

    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The History of Travaile into Virginia Britannia
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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