The New World Tapestry

Home | *NEW* 1619 Panel | History | Tapestry Panels 1583 - 1603 | Tapestry Panels 1605 - 1618 | Tapestry Panels 1619 - 1642 | Tapestry Exhibition | Adventurers for Virginia | Colour Codes | Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

Back to 1617-18 Menu


cene Three
    1617-18 PANEL


At present Vice Admiral Stukely’s criminal activity has not been uncovered and he still lives happily in North Devon at Affeton near Ilfracombe. Ironically, his official position means he can arrest people, as his cousin Raleigh will discover next year.

Raleigh’s fortunes change dramatically when he is released from prison, having eventually persuaded the King that he really can find gold in Guiana. The proviso on his freedom is that he leaves the Spanish alone. His fleet of 13 ships carrying 1,000 men sails in August.

The expedition is an absolute disaster from the start. Sickness and disease dog the outward voyage. On reaching Guiana Raleigh himself is ill, so remains with the anchored fleet while his son Walter then takes charge of the land force of 400 men. They journey up the Orinoco River, land, then leave their boats and set out for their objective, the fabulous gold mine the natives ‘revealed’ to Raleigh under torture during his first expedition. Understandably, they lied. It doesn’t exist but the fortune hunters press on in their greedy ignorance. Next they stupidly pass close to the Spanish town of San Thome and, naturally, the Spaniards mount an ambush in which young Walter Raleigh dies but the English drive the Spaniards back into town and kill the Governor.

Lawrence Keymis, friend of Sir Walter Raleigh since his teens, now takes charge but another attempt at finding the mine a week later ends in disaster when they fall foul of another ambush. 250 men have now been lost. Keymis gives up, retreats to the coast, reports to Raleigh who upbraids him: ‘You have undone me and wounded my credit with the King past recovery.’  Keymis commits suicide and Raleigh now a broken man, his son and Keymis dead, realises his grand Guiana adventure is over.

‘WR’ over the open prison door = Walter Raleigh. The main picture is simply symbolic: the bereft father – grieving for his beloved son. The fight scene behind them is pictured in mirror image.




TARRAGON Draco herba. ‘Tarragon is hot and drie in the third degree and not to be eaten alone in sallades.’  Gerard

GOOSEBERRY  Vua crispa.   Use in divers sauces for meate, as those that are skilfull in cookerie can better tell than my selfe.’ Gerard.

Click here for further Wikipedia information