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Sebastian Cabot (ca. 1476–1557)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1841
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 36 × 29 in. (91.4 × 73.7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 1841.1
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The subject of this portrait, the son of the famous Italian navigator and explorer John Cabot, served as cartographer to Henry VIII of England and Ferdinand V of Castile and as pilot major to Emperor Charles V of Spain. Thompson, who came to New York from the Boston area in 1837, probably copied John Gadsby Chapman's replica of the Holbein original, as the latter was apparently destroyed in a fire at the Royal Galleries, Whitehall, England, in 1842.