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 Hugh Cabot  (1930 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/Massachusetts      Known for: frontier genre, illustrator

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Wiley Clements

Hugh Cabot
I knew and served with Hugh Cabot in the Far East during the Korean War (1950-52). He was a combat artist for the U.S. Navy, not for the whole war. I was a Navy journalist working out of the same office in Tokyo, ComNavFE,(Yoroibashi) as Cabot. He was a combat artist for the Navy and Marines, but not "the official Korean War artist as claimed on one website. Personally, I always thought he was basically a cartoonist rather than a fine arts type of painter, and looking at some of his later pictures online I am still of that same opinion. However he was a very nice guy, an enlisted man rather than an officer. I'm was never sure what rank or rating he held, as he wore nothing on his sleeve, not even a seaman's white stripes. He might have been a photographers's mate or he may have been rated as a journalist like myself and about a dozen other enlisted JO's who worked out of Navy's public Information office (PIO). We all made trips to and from South and North Korea to get stories about Navy and Marine actions and personnel serving there.

One thing I noticed about someofficers who came into contact with Cabot was that they seemed to patronize him on account of his distinguished surname, and indeed I believe he was from one branch of the famous Cabot family of Boston. Our mutual boss, Capt. George Campbell, seemed particularly partial to young Cabot. We other guys in the office assumed that was because of the Cabot name. However e was not the only "name" working out of the PIO office in those days. We also had Capt. John Ford,USNR, the movie director, Maj. James Michner,USMCR, the novelist, and a couple of other well-known reservists who had been invited out there to publicize the Navy and the Marine Corp roles in the war. Ford made a movie called "The Bridge at Toko-ri." I don't recall what Michner did, if anything. Cabot drew pictures of combat scenes which were published in magazines.

Despite all that hubbub about his name and family, Cabot was a genuinely nice young man who did not put on airs and never seemed too much impressed with himself. I am sorry to hear he's gone. Sometimes I have thought of getting in touch with him again, but I never did, and now it's too late.



Hugh Cabot charcoal
In 1969 or 1970 a friend and I entered the Butler gallery in Taos and were stopped dead in our tracks by the power of a Hugh Cabot charcoal sketch resting on an easel at the end of the entry way. The dignity and strength of the Taos brave (I believe that was the title) was compelling. We both fell in love with the work and it was my good fortune that the piece ended up on my living room wall; my friend has visitation rights. Mr. Cabot's work enriches my life daily. I am sorry to learn he is gone.

Bob Ragland

Hugh Cabot
In my early days as an artist , I would visit Hugh Cabot's studio in Taos. He was always a very cool stylish guy.His paintings and drawings were direct and painterly. Not tricky, I have a photograph of the artist that I took during one of my visits. Sorry to hear of his passing.
He was very cool.

Bob Ragland


Personal Portrait
I recently inherited a portrait Mr. Cabot did of my grandfather in 1959. It is interesting to find out so much about the artist.

F. P. Sorensen

Viewed Taos painting 1972
I first saw one of his paintings in a gallery in Taos, NM. Went back and it was gone, but found another, also found 3 bronzes. They are my prized possesions.


I posed for Mr. Cabot in the early 1970's. I had the pleasure of meeting his wife Oliva at his studio in Nogales Arizona. And I now have the honor of owning a charcoal and an oil painting he gave me, Which now my son displays over his chiminey in his house. Mr Cabot was a very talented artist. I am very saddened to hear about his passing. My condolences to Mrs. Cabot.


Hugh Cabot Website
Hugh was very much against having a website. He felt it was like "selling ties." Since his passing in May 2005 I have worked with Olivia Cabot to get a site off the ground. It's still a work in progress.

Mary Elliott

Hugh Cabot
My husband and I were in Tubac in 1986. We bought two of Mr Cabot's color enhanced lithographs. I regret we didn't buy more of his work. Our condolences to Olivia and those close to Mr Cabot.

Corey Swerny

Hugh Cabot
My family and I were close to the Cabot's my father Larry Swerny always traded work for Hugh. We will miss him very much.

Charles Hunter

Hugh Cabot
My parents were very close to Hugh Cabot when he moved to Fort Stockton, Texas sometime in the ( I believe) late 50's. He spent a lot of time with them, and they knew his wife, and eventually became God-parents to his son, born probably in the 60's, after my parents moved to San Angelo, Texas. He was an interesting guy, and my parents bought some of his early work.


Death of Hugh Cabot
On a web listing under Hugh Cabot he is listed as having passed away on 5-23-05. If this is true please update his website. I modeled for him in the 1970's and would like to know if he has indeed passed on. I would also appreciate an obit for him if anyone has it. He was a wonderful man and an extremely talented artist. Thank you for reading my e-mail. Karen

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