“Comment ils font leurs provisions”Gravures colorées à la main Francfort, 1591 Theodore De Bry, d’après Jacques Le Moyne New York, NYPL, Rare Books Division, *KB + 1590 37 x 25,4 cm
These gravures and their legend focuses on the ‘exotism’ of the Native Americans (Timucuans in that case) in Florida, the abundance of food as well as the large amount of provisions stored for winter - one the image depicts two men drying meat and fish over a fire so the smoked foods could be preserved and eaten later.
Jacques le Moyne de Morgues was a French artist and member of Jean Ribault’s expedition to the New World. His depictions of Native American, colonial life and plants are of extraordinary historical importance.
All but one of Le Moyne’s original drawings were reportedly destroyed in the Spanish attack on the French colony of Fort Caroline; most the images attributed to him are actually engravings created by the Belgian printer and publisher Theodor de Bry, which are based on recreations Le Moyne produced from memory. These reproductions, distributed by Le Moyne in printed volumes, are some of the earliest images of European colonization in the New World to be circulated
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