Smithsonian

Pocahontas (NPG)

This painting is based on the only known life portrait of Pocahontas, an engraving made in England by Simon van de Passes. It is thought that, in this likeness, she wears the costume that she wore for her presentation at the court of James I. The portrait hung for many years at the home of distant relatives of John Rolfe, her husband.

Credit: Pocahontas by an unidentified artist, after the 1616 engraving by Simon van de Passe, after 1616, National Portrait Gallery; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of Andrew W. Mellon, 1942.