Thomas Cavendish

1 portrait

Thomas Cavendish, by Jodocus Hondius, circa 1590-1592 - NPG 6677 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Cavendish

by Jodocus Hondius
engraving, circa 1590-1592
4 1/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. (105 mm x 80 mm)
Purchased, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6677

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  • Thomas Cavendish (1560-1592), Circumnavigator. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.

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  • Jodocus Hondius (1563-1611). Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This print was produced along with a companion image depicting Cavendish's predecessor and inspiration, Sir Francis Drake. Both prints may have been made to accompany a map known as the Drake and Cavendish Map of the World. The engraving was made in London some time before the artist Jodocus Hondius returned to Amsterdam in 1592 or 1593. The portrait is the only certain lifetime image of Cavendish and several later portraits in other media appear to derive from this engraving. The Latin inscription encircling the bust and map states that the image shows Cavendish as he was in life at 28 years old in 1588, the year in which he returned from his circumnavigation. The print may have been based on a lost portrait miniature.

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