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Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618), Soldier, sailor, poet and writer

Sitter in 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. The family home was at Sherborne Castle, in Dorset. Implicated in a plotting against James I, Ralegh spent much of the Kings reign in the Tower. He was executed for treason in 1618.

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D28003

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Anthony Walker
line engraving, mid to late 18th century
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D25418

Sir Walter Ralegh

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1735
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D5586

Sir Walter Ralegh

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1735
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D27997

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
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D25420

Sir Walter Ralegh

by William Sharp, published by George Kearsley
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
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D28002

Sir Walter Ralegh

by William Sharp
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
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D7672

Sir Walter Ralegh

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, late 18th or early 19th century
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D25419

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Philipp Audinet, after George Vertue
line engraving, 1794 (1735)
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D28001

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Robert Cooper, published by Charles Baldwyn
stipple engraving, early 19th century
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D1209

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Henry Chawnes Shenton, published by T. Gosden, after John Masey Wright
line engraving, circa 1825-1850
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D5577

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
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D5579

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
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D5587

Sir Walter Ralegh

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1735
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D39187

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
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D39188

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
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D39189

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
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D5578

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
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D5580

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
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