"[Lot of 2] An Indian Cacique of the Island of Cuba, Addressing Columbus Concerning a Future State",
Subject: Cuba - Prints Native American
Period: 1765-94 (circa)
Color: Black & White
6.8 x 7.9 inches
17.3 x 20.1 cm
A. An Indian Cacique of the Island of Cuba, Addressing Columbus Concerning a Future State, by Bryan Edwards, from Cacique of the Island of Cuba, Addressing Columbus Concerning a Future State, dated 1794 (6.8 x 7.9"). This striking print depicts a meeting between Christopher Columbus and a cacique (Taino for chief) and his people. Columbus is backed by a priest and some soldiers. The natives appear to have an offering of fruit, including pineapples. The detail is such that one can see among the natives expressions of warmth, fascination, and trepidation. Drawn by Benjamin West, engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi, and published by John Stockdale. Condition: On watermarked paper.
B. A Sachem Exhorting the Indians to War, by Fenning/Collyer, from A New System of Geography or A General Description of the World, circa 1765 (5.9 x 8.1"). This dramatic print illustrates a sachem (chief) calling for war in the middle of a circle of his people. The scene takes place in the northeastern United States, most likely in Massachusetts. Drawn by Wale and engraved by Hall. Condition: On watermarked paper with light soiling confined to the ample blank margins.
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