by Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1616
11 5/8 in. x 13 5/8 in. (295 mm x 346 mm)
Transferred from National Portrait Gallery Reference Collection, 1967
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Artistback to top
- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
A soldier and colonial governor, Smith sailed on the first English voyage to Virginia. Portraits frequently appeared alongside maps of territories discovered by explorers with inscriptions, as that noted here 'observed and described by Captayn John Smith, 1614'. This portrait, accompanied by a map of New England, shows him aged 37 in the year 1616 and may have been after a miniature.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 570
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (7 July 2007 - 9 December 2007)