Virginia Company Lottery

This is an insight into American history as well as an example of the eclectic nature of the objects within the Society’s collection, the narratives of which politically resonate to the present day. The Virginia Company was created in 1606 by Royal Charter to promote the settlement of Jamestown. In 1612 a campaign of lotteries was launched to raise money for a plantation. However, the administrators were accused of taking money from those who could not afford to gamble, and the licence was suspended. Interestingly, the pictures of Indians have been suggested to be taken from life and provide the earliest printed illustrations of Native Americans from what is now Virginia. Of the fifteen unique broadsides printed, the Society owns five. This example was presented to the Society by Thomas Hollis in 1757, although he was not then a Fellow.

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Artist / Maker
Felix Kyngston for William Welby
Type
printedbook
Date
1615/16
Origin
Printed by Felix Kyngston; presented to the Society by Thomas Hollis in 1757
Material
Printed broadside with woodcuts
Dimensions
36.2 x 30cm
Location
Burlington House
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