canvas: 21 x 26 in. ( 53.3 x 66 cm )
frame: 24 1/2 x 29 x 2 1/2 in. (24 1/2 x 29 x 2 1/2 in.)
This painting illustrates how the Native American princess, Pocahantas, pleads for and saves the life of the colonist, Captain John Smith; Pochantas stands over Captain John Smith with her body over his; Captain Smith's body is twisted and is being stepped on by a Native American; his hat and sword are on the bottom left on the composition; the Native American to the left yields an ax and is stepping on Smith's thigh; the one to the right yields a bludgeoning object; Pocahantas's father, Powhatan stands in the background with a crowd of onlookers; a thick cloud of smoke separates Powhatan and the onlookers from Pochantas, Smith, and the attackers.
Chapman, J.G., The Picture of the Baptism of Pocahontas. Painted by Order of Congress, for the Rotundo of the Capitol, Washington: Peter Force¸ 1840, pp. 1-22.
Bedford, Faith Andrews, "The Baptism of Pocahontas," Antiques, January 2009. pp. 138-45.
Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society, Vol. III, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 167-9.
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
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