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Pocahontas by Thomas Sully (print)
Thomas Sully gives us Pocahontas at what might have been construed as her best moment—after her absorption into English culture and before the fateful trip to England from which she did not return. Pocahontas presents herself as a person of remarkable refinement and grace. Conscious of brewing sectionalism, Sully devised an image that would please Virginians, and he donated this portrait to the Virginia Historical Society, perhaps as a way of winning new patrons in Pocahontas' native state.
Reproduction of the 1852 oil on canvas. Print measures 11" x 14".
• The Abduction of Pocahontas, 1612 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
• Visit The Story of Virginia online exhibition