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Pocohontas Rescuing John Smith, (painting)

Artist:
Nehlig, Victor
Subject:
Pocahontas
Smith, John
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 231 (Sale info: $8000.00).
Mr. Victor Nehlig, the author of this magnificent historical picture, is a native of France, but has for several years resided in this country. He is now a resident of Louisville, Ky. . . . "King Powhatan and his chiefs have just closed the council in which it was determined that Captain Smith should suffer death. The fire is still burning in the great council-house, and the preparations are all made for the execution. The prisoner is bound to a rock, and partially held by stalwart chiefs. The executioner, with elevated arms, is nerving every muscle in his frame for a tremendous effort. At this instant, Pocahontas places herself between the executioner's ax and its intended victim. . . . Powhatan, the king, occupies the upper middle of the painting, and is the principal figure. "Captain Smith lies in the middle foreground upon his back, with his head thrown back . . . The last but central figure of all, the one which all interest gathers, is Pocahontas, a lovely Indian maiden, just budding into womanhood. Shielding Smith with her left arm, she has raised the right one to ward off the impending blow. . . . As the executioner's hand relapses from its grasp, his glaring eyes seem to say, 'You are the only one in the world who could have changed my purpose. When shall my hatchet drink of the white man's blood.'" [Pp. 29-30.]
Exhibition of Paintings, Engravings, Drawings, Aquarelles, and Works of Household Art, in the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition. MDCCCLXXIV. Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1874.
Artist nationality: French.
Artist address: Louisville.
Topic:
History--United States--Westward Expansion
State of Being--Evil--Danger
Ethnic
Figure(s) In Exterior--Frontier
Portrait female
Portrait male
Control number:
AECI 00390231
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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