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A half-length portrait to right, with the sitter wearing a breastplate, red-lined fur coat, gold-laced and slashed. He has a blue and gold turban, and around his neck the cross of Commander of the Portuguese Military Order of Christ. This order was awarded to Vasco da Gama by King Emmanuel I as a sign of promotion, in 1507, following his second return from India. The portrait, given to Greenwich Hospital by Edward Hawke Locker, is thought to be a copy of a similar work by the Portuguese artist, and in his possession, although the Painted Hall catalogue (of 1922) states that it was from an original in possession of the Countess of Bahia in Lisbon.
oil on canvas
H 121.9 x W 96.5 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)