David McFall, R.A. (1919-1988)

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David McFall, R.A. (1919-1988)

Pocahontas

signed and dated on the base McFall 1955, bronze with a dark green brown patina
62in. (157.5cm.) long

Lot Essay

Pocahontas (circa 1595-1617) was one of the daughters of Powhatan, head of the Powhatan confederacy in Virginia. Her fame lies in saving the life of Captain John Smith, a British prisoner held by her father in 1608. In 1613 she was captured by the British and taken to Jamestown where the Englishman John Rolfe fell in love with her 'my hartie and best thoughts are, and have a long time bin so intangled, and in so intricate a laborinth, that I was even awearied to unwind myselfe thereout' and in April 1614 they married, bringing peace to the Indian and English races for eight years. In 1616 Pocahontas sailed to England where she was 'received with the consideration due a princess', however, before leaving for Virginia in 1617 she fell ill and died. She is buried in Gravesend. (see D. Malone (Ed.), Dictionary of American Biography, XV, New York, 1943, pp.18-19).
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