Christopher Newport
Original Author: Allan D. Jones Jr.
Created: Twentieth century
Medium: Illustration
Publisher: Library at The Mariner's Museum

Christopher Newport

A twentieth-century drawing depicts Christopher Newport, an experienced English privateer who captained the flagship Susan Constant, one of three ships that delivered settlers to found the colony at Jamestown for the Virginia Company of London in 1607. This sketch by Virginia artist Allan D. Jones Jr. was probably a head-and-shoulders study for the figure of Newport that appears in the artist's large mural that hangs in the Newport News Public Library. That twenty-seven-foot-long color oil painting depicts the sea captain standing on the shore of the James River upon his arrival in 1607. The mural was unveiled in 1957, as part of the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the landing in Jamestown.