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Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator

Sitter associated with 36 portraits
One of the most famous English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandingly successful piracy, and his circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-1581 involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. Drake's increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s were an important factor contributing to Philips II's decision to launch the Armada against England in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada.

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D25409

Sir Francis Drake

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

D25412

Sir Francis Drake

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

D25415

Sir Francis Drake

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

D2284

'Admiral Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth' (Sir Francis Drake)

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D2284

D17126

Sir Francis Drake

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

D17245

Sir Francis Drake

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

D7671

Sir Francis Drake

by William Marshall
line engraving, 1642
NPG D7671

D25405

Sir Francis Drake

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

D35386

Sir Francis Drake

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

D42870

Sir Francis Drake

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

D20289

Sir Francis Drake

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

D20445

Sir Francis Drake

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

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

D35387

Sir Francis Drake

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

D35385

Sir Francis Drake

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