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Sir Francis Drake

(1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator

Sitter associated with 38 portraits
One of the most famous of all English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandingly successful piracy. He circumnavigated the globe from 1577-81, and was vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588.

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Sir Francis Drake, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D35386

Sir Francis Drake

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D35386

Sir Francis Drake, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D20289

Sir Francis Drake

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D20289

Sir Francis Drake, after Unknown artist - NPG D25406

Sir Francis Drake

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1779
NPG D25406

Sir Francis Drake, possibly by William Holl Sr - NPG D25409

Sir Francis Drake

possibly by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25409

Sir Francis Drake, by William Holl Sr - NPG D25412

Sir Francis Drake

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D25412

Sir Francis Drake, possibly by Edward Harding - NPG D25415

Sir Francis Drake

possibly by Edward Harding
line engraving, possibly early 19th century
NPG D25415

Sir Francis Drake, by Robert Cooper - NPG D28989

Sir Francis Drake

by Robert Cooper
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28989

Sir Francis Drake, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17126

Sir Francis Drake

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, early 19th century
NPG D17126

Sir Francis Drake, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17245

Sir Francis Drake

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, September 1813 (late 16th century)
NPG D17245

Sir Francis Drake, by Henry Meyer, published by  Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, and published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  William Hilton, after  Unknown artist - NPG D35384

Sir Francis Drake

by Henry Meyer, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1820
NPG D35384

Sir Francis Drake, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press, probably after  Jodocus Hondius - NPG D35387

Sir Francis Drake

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press, probably after Jodocus Hondius
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D35387

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Sir Francis Drake

by William Marshall
line engraving, 1642
NPG D7671

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Sir Francis Drake

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably mid 18th century
NPG D25405

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Sir Francis Drake

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D42870

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Sir Francis Drake

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D20445

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Sir Francis Drake

after Unknown artist
carbon print, 1949 or before (16th century)
NPG D35385

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