"The Marriage of Pocahontas", Brueckner, Henry
Period: 1855 (published)
Color: Black & White
28 x 20 inches
71.1 x 50.8 cm
A rare, proof state of this romanticized copper engraved view of Pocahontas’ marriage to John Rolfe. The scene is mostly imaginary, as little detailed information of the ceremony was recorded. Rolfe is dressed as the ideal Victorian man, and Pocahontas is also shown in Victorian dress. Her appearance is rather civilized, with a hint of the exotic woman she must have been. A number of Indians are in attendance, including two of Pocahontas’ brothers and her uncle Opachisco. Pocahontas was a popular figure in the mid-nineteenth century, representing the civilizing of the American continent by European colonists and their descendants. This wonderful scene was taken from Brueckner's large oil painting that was made as a model for this striking engraving. Rare proof state, with the word proof engraved in the lower right margin.
Lovely and dark impression. Compared to the published version, this proof engraving has apparently been trimmed a few inches into either side and the top.