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The skirmish at Bloody Point, Frobisher Bay; leaf from a volume (now consisting of 113 leaves of drawings), associated with John White; Englishmen with guns in a boat with a flag with the cross of St George, firing on Inuit on a cliff, further Inuit in kayak in front and beyond, amid ice floes in the foreground
Watercolour, with bodycolour and pen and grey ink
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Height: 386 millimetres
Width: 264 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See curatorial comment for BM SL-5270.1 for the album from which this leaf comes.
For a discussion of the group of drawings of Inuit in this album and the watercolours by John White, see curatorial comment for 1906,0509.1.29.
For the album from which these come, see curatorial comment for BM SL-5270.1.
They are versions of watercolours by John White for which see 1906,0509.1.29 and 30.
For a discussion of the various versions of the five watercolours of Inuit associated with John White, see the discussion on pp. 164-69 of K. Sloan, A New World, 2007. Since that was published (it includes an article by C Feest on historical images of native people, including the Inuit on pp. 71-2) a new image associated with these images by White has been discovered in Merckliche Beschreibung sampt eygenlicher Abbildung eynes frembden unbekanten Volks... (1578, copy in Zurich Zentralbibliothek) which includes a description of Frobishers 3rd trip and an image very close to these Sloane album images - the woodcut includes the male and female figures from the front and an image of a third figure in a kayak behind them. Either these images in the John White Sloane album were the originals of the woodcut figures (unlikely) or these Sloane album images of Inuit are based on this woodcut.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1965 Jan 30-Feb 22, NGC, Washington, John White, no.93
1965 26 Feb-14 Mar, NC Mus of Art, Raleigh, John White, no. 93
1965 17 Mar-5 Apr, NY, Pierpont Morgan Libr, John White, no. 93
1999 Apr-Jul, Quebec, Canada Museum of Civilization, 'Frobisher'
2003 May-Sep, London, National Maritime Museum, 'Elizabeth 1'
2007 Mar-Jun, BM, 'A New World:...'
2007/8 Oct-Jan, Raleigh, North Carolina Mus of History, 'A New World:...'
2008 Mar-Jun, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, 'A New World:...'
2008 Jul-Oct, Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, 'A New World:...'
2020-2021 October-Feb, London, BM, Arctic: culture and climate
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- Acquisition notes
- See Acq.Hist in BM SL-5270.1. Transferred from the Department of Manuscripts.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: SL 6270.12 (Incorrect number used in Bescoby et al 2007)