The Mayflower Compact
Where do you suppose the people in this painting are? What is the primary color Ferris used in the Mayflower Compact? Look at how the different people are dressed. Can you tell the difference between the Pilgrims and the “Strangers” as the Pilgrims called the other members on the Mayflower? Notice each kind of hat or helmet that is worn. Examine the metal foot warming box on the floor. Are the coals inside lit? What does that tell you about the temperature? What other things do you notice about this painting? How is light and darkness used in this painting? What mood does it give to the painting?
Picture Study Game
Look very closely at every detail of this picture with a friend or family member. Pick out something that someone else might not notice, such as the color of something, or where certain things or people are placed. Now remove the picture and ask each other a question about the things you both chose as your special object. Were you able to answer the question correctly?
History of this Painting
When the pilgrims left England to practice their religion without persecution, they were on a boat with a lot of others that were going to America for different reasons. The Pilgrims called the others “Strangers.” When they landed in America, the two groups had been bickering with each other. Before leaving the Mayflower, the leaders of the two groups got together and agreed on rules for the running of this new colony. They all signed the agreement, which is known as the Mayflower Compact. This picture depicts the signing of this contract between the two parties.