Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618), Soldier, sailor, poet and writer
Sitter associated with 47 portraits
A poet, explorer, soldier, sailor, courtier and favourite of Elizabeth I, Ralegh was a true 'Renaissance Man'. Much of his literary work is lost but about thirty short poems and various prose works survive, including The History of the World. He organised and financed a number of expeditions to North America and in later life made several unsuccessful attempts to find gold in South America. Implicated in a plot in the reign of James I, Ralegh was spent much of his reign in the Tower. He was executed for treason in 1618.
by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1602
On display at Royal Albet Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, UK in the exhibition 'The South West in the Tudor Age'
after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 1684
by James Barry
etching, published 1792 (1 May 1791)