Nobilis Virgo ex Secota (A Noble Virgin of Secota)
Van Veen embellished the scene originally depicted by White. He added grass and a river scene, including fishing boats and a wooden weir. He also added a view of the woman's back. White identified the woman as a wife of the weroance, or chief, Wingina. Van Veen's engraving, which also reflects the descriptions of Thomas Hariot, who accompanied White and other English colonists to Roanoke in 1585, suggests that the woman is meant to be a more generic representation of a virgin from an important family. Her attempt at modesty, however, may reflect English, more than Indian, attitudes. And in White's original painting, the woman was given two right feet, a mistake that is corrected in this engraving.
Van Veen's engravings and those of Theodor de Bry accompanied A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia (1588), Hariot's description of his year at Roanoke, which was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. This rare, hand-colored version of the illustration appeared in a 1590 edition published in Latin.
Description courtesy of Encyclopedia Virginia.