“Preparing for a Feast” by Jacques le Moyne. Frankfurt: Theodore De Bry, c. 1591. Translation provided on back of mat. (Image and Text: 11 x 8 1/2")
This view depicts Florida Indians preparing for a feast. The text notes they never overeat and that “we might easily learn sobriety and wisdom from these men whom we consider only as savages and beasts”.
Produced in Germany, c. 1591, by De Bry from a drawing by Jacques le Moyne de Morgues - an artist who accompanied the French Expedition to “Florida” under René de Laudonnière. Le Moyne arrived on the coast of present-day South Carolina in 1564 and barely escaped the Spanish massacre at Fort Caroline in 1565. His drawings are among the earliest authentic representations of aboriginal life in North America.
Le Moyne’s work depicts life in the first Huguenot Colony, on the shores of St. John’s River, and elsewhere along the coast. The images reflect life as le Moyne saw it. His task was to sketch the Indians, their customs and habits; map the seacoast and harbors, indicate the position of towns, plot the rivers and “anything else in the country worthy of observation” - lending the world an eyewitness account of the exciting & unknown NEW WORLD.
This item is presented in archival matting (20 x 16").