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Study for "The Landing of Columbus on San Salvador, October 12, 1492": Roderigo Sánchez of Segovia

Artist:
John Vanderlyn (American, Kingston, New York 1775–1852 Kingston, New York)
Date:
ca. 1840–43
Medium:
Charcoal and white chalk (lightly affixed) on light gray laid paper
Dimensions:
24 3/16 x 18 7/16 in. (61.4 x 46.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.301
Not on view
Vanderlyn made numerous figure and costume studies for his monumental painting “The Landing of Columbus on San Salvador, October 12, 1492,” executed in Paris in 1839-46 for the United States Capitol. Vanderlyn relied primarily on Washington’s Irving’s biography of Columbus for the cast of characters he assembled in his painting. In Irving’s history, Roderigo Sanchez is identified as the controller, or accountant, of the 1492 voyage, and in the painting is shown behind Columbus in a large hat and cloak, thoughtfully appraising the strange New World.
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