A view of Syon House in the 18th century by Canaletto.
The Percy Lion, the emblem of the Northumberland family.
Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland.
|Pocahontas with her father at the time of John Smith's visit - unknown artist.|
|Pocahontas, now Mrs Rebecca Rolfe, wearing Jacobean dress and a pair of silver earrings made for her by the 9th Earl. Artist unknown.|
Sadly, she had no immunity to the diseases that were rife in London and fell ill, probably with tuberculosis. The move to Brentford and Syon was intended to benefit her health, but it ultimately failed. John Rolfe decided they should return to her homeland, but whilst waiting at Gravesend for their ship to sail, Pocahontas died, leaving Rolfe a widower with their young son, Thomas, to care for. She was only twenty-one. A tragic end for a brave and adventurous young woman.