painter in a savage land
Miles Harvey
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painter in a savage land

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In this vibrantly told, meticulously researched book, Miles Harvey reveals one of the most fascinating and overlooked lives in American history.

Like The Island of Lost Maps, his bestselling book about a legendary map thief, Painter in a Savage Land is a compelling search into the mysteries of the past. This is the thrilling story of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, the first E...more
Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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a bit heavy at times with the history, but miles harvey is a great writer and this is a great and important book on spanish and french conflict in north america and very balanced approach to timucua culture and society. and of course great job on artist/colonialist jacques le moyne de morgues (theodor de bry is maybe better known, but he actually bastardized le moyne's paitings, there are no le moyne paintings left in the world).
miles harvey also wrote the fantastic book "the island of lost maps...more
Stephen Parrish
The story of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues is finally told, and in gripping fashion. Hired as illustrator and cartographer for the Ribault/Laudonniere expedition to Florida in 1564, Le Moyne endured unbearable privations to make the first watercolors of the New World's flora, fauna, and native inhabitants. When the Spanish under Menéndez slaughtered the French colonists, Le Moyne was one of a few who escaped and made their way back to France. He spent his final years in London as a botanical artis...more
I enjoyed this book thorougly though I would not have read it most likely if not for knowing the author. Having said that, I was surprised and delighted by learning about this little-known chapter in early colonial history of the Americas. Additionally, the integrity of the research Harvey has done and his engaging story-telling that spans from the early 16th c. to contemporary times, tracing the life and times of a French painter who appears to have been the first to represent indigenous life i...more
Sep 30, 2008 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drew
Miles Harvey was signing at our Petoskey bookstore, but I missed him by a day, yet still bought his books, both autographed.
I liked this historical biography better than his other book. Fascinating stuff, early early American history traced to the present via a French protestant artist who travelled to La Florida in the 1560's. I kept an atlas handy for reference.
It is a time in "American" history we know so little about. Thought Mr Harvey did some excellent detective work in his preparation, an...more
I thought it would be pretty interesting to imagine what it would be like to be an artist among a group of soldiers and adventurers traveling to the New World, so I picked up this book on a whim. This book is a fascinating account of the beginning of American history encompassing pirates, cannibals, lost Indian civilizations, gruesome bloodshed, the beginning of the slave trade, and so much more. I also appreciated the art history lesson on Le Moyne as well as the smaller section on John White....more
Jessica Howard
Miles Harvey tells the story of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, the first European artist in North America. Le Moyne was part of the failed French attempt to establish Fort Caroline in La Florida in the 1550s. I honestly had no idea that the French attempted to colonize in Florida, so that part of the story was interesting, as was the way Harvey was able to evoke the chaotic period of exploration through which Le Moyne's story winds. Unfortunately Le Moyne's life is barely documented, so much of wh...more
Harvey made the French and Spanish attempted settlements of America very readable. The book is focused on the life of the first European to create images of the natives he met in Florida in the 1560's. The accounts of the settlements, the murders by both the French and Spanish, and the failed leadership that caused so many deaths were brought into perspective for the times. I loved the book, hated the chapter on the guy who buys historic books and cuts them up to sell individual pages, and look...more
Jim Fallone
A great combination of art history, mystery, and true life adventure. Filled with Indian attacks, pirates, religious wars, court intrigue, musty library archives,and glamours auction houses it tells the tale of one of the greatest botanical painters, early explorers of Florida and first European artist in the new world.
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Margaret Sankey
The "Painter" involved was a Huguenot Frenchman who survived the massacre by the Spanish at Fort Caroline and later got a pity job as the embroidery designer for Charles I's wife Henrietta Maria. The botanical and ethnographic watercolors are beautifully reproduced.
The history was detailed and the story interesting, but the author's voice really got in the way. It was the same with his other book, Island of Lost Maps.
Interesting look at a little known artist who influenced needlework and Raleigh's attempts to settle Virginia.
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Harvey is an American journalist and author who writes for Outside Magazine, and whose national and international bestseller, The Island of Lost Maps, was named one of the top ten books of 2000 by USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times.

An adventure-seeker with a passion for exploration and discovery, Harvey won a 2004-2005 Illinois Arts Council Award for prose and a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace fellowshi...more
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