I saw these hand colored engravings by Theodor de Bry (1528–1598) in our Rare Books and Manuscripts library the other day and I thought they were just too good not to share. De Bry was a Flemish designer, engraver, printmaker, and publisher, who fled to Strasbourg to escape religious persecution at the hands of Spanish Catholics. Around 1586 he moved again, to England, where he was exposed to stories and artistic depictions of European explorations of the New World.

In the late 1500s, he began to publish numerous volumes of literature about New World exploration, illustrated with his own engravings. These images come from Thomas Hariot’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia and are romanticized depictions of Picts, a tribal people that lived in Scotland during the Iron Age.

Pictish Man Pictish Woman

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