Woman and Boy of Patagonia in South America receiving beads from Admiral Byron

Woman and Boy of Patagonia in South America receiving beads from Admiral Byron

1750 - 1799
Artist
unknown artist
Country
England
engraving
Engraving on paper
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer
2013.382

Unknown artist, Woman and Boy of Patagonia in South America receiving beads from Admiral Byron, 1750-99. Engraving on paper; 11½ × 7 in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.382.

Dimensions
height: 11 1/2 in, 29.2100 cm; width: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
Inscription
Woman and Boy of Patagonia in South America, receiving Beads, &c. from Commodore (now Admiral Byron, whose Valuable Discoveries in his Celebrated Voyage Round the World (as well as All the Other Modern Discoveries in the Southern & Northern Hemispheres) will be Inserted in this Work.
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Europeans used glass beads as gifts or trade items in the Americas. Here the British admiral Lord John Byron gives beads to Patagonians in the region near the tip of South America. He was shipwrecked there in 1741 and passed through there again on his round-the-world voyage in 1766.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 25 November 2013 by Frederick and Jan Mayer to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.