Oh, Those Puritans

Last week I illustrated several Puritan costumes for the Thanksgiving release of Pogo "Mini's" avatars on the website I work for, Pogo.com (a division of EA). So, like always, I dove into research. It is widely held that the Puritan clothing of the 17th century was nondescript, but I find it anything but. Would the clothing of Roger Conant, depicted in the statue below, be more powerful if it were something else? I seriously doubt it.

Can you imagine meeting this guy on a dark Salem street?

(from wikipedia)
Roger Conant (c. 1592 – 1679) was the leader of the company of fishermen who founded Salem, Massachusetts (then called Naumkeag) in 1626. He was later supplanted by the governor sent by the Massachusetts Bay Company, John Endicott. He nevertheless remained in high standing with the community, giving long service as a juror and member of the Board of Selectmen, with duties including the establishment of boundaries for new communities.


Kevin said...

I can just imagine the girl in your drawing uttering the phrase, "I'm not a witch! I'm not a witch!" ala Monty Python. Ha ha.

Just heard a NPR piece today with the author of a new book out on witchhunts as a matter of fact, called 'The Enemy Within - 2000 years of Witch Hunting'

Another good drawing.

Deb said...

Great drawing, as always. Like the framing with the twigs and leaves.

Cherylyn Bredemann said...

Love this witch drawing. Especially the shape of the hat and buckle flowing into the frame of twigs. With her "A" for adultery? around her next. Love the entries in the sketchbook this month. I'll be sending mine back today.