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Untitled by Charles de Rochefort

Untitled by Charles de Rochefort

ABOUT THIS COLLECTION  

These illustrative plates come from “The History of the Caribby-Islands: viz. Barbados, St Christophers, St Vincents, Martinico, Dominico, Barbouthos, Monserrat, Mevis, Antego, &c. in all XXVIII” (1666), by Charles de Rochefort (1605-83), and translated by John Davies. This early study of the Caribbean is an English translation of a French work published anonymously in 1658. De Rochefort, the original author, identified himself in subsequent editions of the book. Not much is known about the author. The available evidence suggests he was a Protestant pastor sent to be a minister or chaplain to French-speaking Protestants in the Caribbean. The work is in two parts, the first dealing with the geographical features and the second with the people of the Caribbean.

 

COLLECTION DETAILS

  • Series title: The History of the Caribby-Islands
  • Series size: 8 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarrante proof of ownership.
  • Format: Pieces consist of PNG files sized 2160x3840 pixels - 150 dpi.
  • Medium: Illustration
  • Artwork materials:  Illustrative plates
  • Contract Address: 0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e
  • ID: 2749212597480566...

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The 17th century was part of the Age of Exploration and colonial expansion. These illustrations were made to accompany text by Charles de Rochefort, who wrote about his observations in a journey to various Caribbean islands, but whether he was also the illustrator is unknown. These beautifully rendered drawings demonstrate the increasing quality and accuracy of scientific illustrations emerging at the time. A publication like this fed a growing curiosity in Europe about the New World of the Americas.

 

COLLECTION CREDITS

  • Historical curatorship: HARI - Historical Art Research Institute (HARI Editions)
  • Artwork: Unknown (possibly Charles de Rochefort)
  • Year of original pulbication: 1666
  • Post-production: HARI - Historical Art Research Insti