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John Smith

1 of 3 portraits of John Smith

John Smith, by Simon de Passe, 1616 - NPG 4594 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Smith

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
Primary Collection
NPG 4594

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  • John Smith (1580-1631), Soldier and colonist. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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  • Simon de Passe (circa 1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 200 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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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 shows him aged 37 in the year 1616 and may have been after a miniature.

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