Thomas Harriot was born about 1560 in Oxfordshire, England. In 1590, he graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. In 1583, he joined Sir Walter Raleigh's household and served as an accountant, ship designer, and navigational instructor to Raleigh's seamen. In 1585, Harriot served as a cartographer, historian, and surveyor for Raleigh's second expedition to Virginia. The group arrived in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound and settled on Roanoke Island on June 26, 1585. He returned to England afterwards. He died on July 1621 in London and was buried in St. Christopher le Stocks, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. In 2003, East Carolina University named the college Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences after Harriot.
The collection consists of a reproduction (2004) of a copy of a portrait of Thomas Harriot who lived between 1560 and 1621. This portrait is a giclee reproduction of a copy in Bate Hall, Room #1002. The original painting is located at Trinity College, Oxford, England. The portrait shows Harriot holding a "pomander"—an orange embedded with cloves—commonly used by the wealth to counter the unpleasant odors prevalent at the time.
Gift of Ms. Harvey Wooten
Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 4, 2008
Processed by Aleck Tan, February 2020
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