A totally charming and very finely worked silkwork showing a man on bended knee probably proposing marriage to a Indian girl.
This scene I believe, is a naive illustration of the moment that John Rolfe, an early Jamestown planter proposed to Pocohontas, who was to become his wife. The church in the
background provides another clue!
Not examined out of the frame, due to the fragile nature of the silk, the areas of flesh and faces appear to have been painted onto the silk, whilst the rest of the scene shows incredibly fine
And just look at the little dog to the left staring up at her. How sweet!
The silk is delicate. The colours are good, but with a little light staining top right and minor losses to the edges.
First half 19th century.
Size overall: 9.5" x 8" 24 x 20cm
In 1616, Pocohontas travelled with her husband to London to be presented to English society as a 'civilised savage'!, where she was warmly welcomed. She died at Gravesend, of unknown
causes, aged only 20 or 21, as they were preparing for their journey back to America.