"[Plate XVIII]", Bry, Theodore de
Period: 1591-1666 (circa)
Publication: Grand Voyages, Part II
Color: Black & White
8.2 x 6 inches
20.8 x 15.2 cm
This copper engraving is from a remarkable series of publications, illustrating voyages of discovery and travels of exploration to various parts of the world. The project was begun by Theodore de Bry of Frankfurt, in 1590 and was to continue for another 54 years. They became known collectively as the Grands Voyages (to America and the West Indies) and the Petits Voyages (to the Orient and the East Indies). De Bry died after the first six parts of the Grands Voyages were completed. The project was completed initially by his widow and two sons, Johann Theodore de Bry and Johann Israel de Bry, then by his son-in-law, Matthaus Merian in 1644.
This view illustrates a scene the French explorers witnessed in Florida. The chief is surrounded by the widows of the men who had fallen in battle. Squatting on their heels and hiding their faces in their hands, they beg him to avenge the deaths of their husbands, to provide for them during their widowhood and to be granted permission to remarry after their period of mourning.
There are a couple of spots of foxing, and a repair to the lower right corner margin.