The First American Coloring Book(s): Theodore de Bry - America: The Complete Plates, 1590-1602

June 05, 2020 - 07:00 pmJune 05, 2020 - 08:00 pmOctober 3, 2019, 7pm - 8pm
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Guests: $5
  • Members: $0.00

On a trip to London in 1588, renowned engraver Theodore de Bry met artist John White & mathematician Thomas Harriot, both recently returned from Sir Walter Raleigh's mission to explore the "new found land of Virginia." Inspired by White's watercolors of North American Indians & Harriot's maps of the Carolina coast's barrier islands, de Bry published Grand Voyages, a series of exploration narratives illustrated with his own copper plate engravings.

De Bry invited many European artists to hand-color the engravings, essentially America's first coloring books. Never before have these "complete plates" been published in one exquisite, oversized volume, co-authored by Larry Tise.

To purchase an advance copy of The First American Coloring Book(s) prior to the lecture, go to the Museum's online web shop at: After you've made your purchase, your book will be placed on hold at the Museum to either pick up at your convenience or prior to the lecture.