First European depictions of Native Americans


Via Bibliodyssey, the earliest known European depictions of Native Americans by John White, de Bry, and others, in the late 16th century. Be patient, the page is big, and takes a while to load.

John White (1540-1593) was an artist and mapmaker whose portraits were rendered mostly in watercolor; he was the first British artist in the Americas, and the first European to paint Native Americans. He was governor of the colony at Roanoke Island (1587).

Above: Kalicho, an Inuk from Frobisher Bay, leaf from a volume (now consisting of 113 leaves of drawings), after John White; standing to front and looking to right, wearing a sealskin jacket with hood and tail, holding a bow and paddle