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

Sitter in 48 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
NPG D25418

D5586

Sir Walter Ralegh

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1735
NPG D5586

D27997

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D27997

D25420

Sir Walter Ralegh

by William Sharp, published by George Kearsley
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D25420

D28002

Sir Walter Ralegh

by William Sharp
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D28002

D7672

Sir Walter Ralegh

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, late 18th or early 19th century
NPG D7672

D25419

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Philipp Audinet, after George Vertue
line engraving, 1794 (1735)
NPG D25419

D28001

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Robert Cooper, published by Charles Baldwyn
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28001

D1209

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Henry Chawnes Shenton, published by T. Gosden, after John Masey Wright
line engraving, circa 1825-1850
NPG D1209

D5577

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5577

D5579

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5579

D5587

Sir Walter Ralegh

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1735
NPG D5587

D39187

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D39187

D39188

Sir Walter Ralegh

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

D39189

Sir Walter Ralegh

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

D42903

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D42903

D5578

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5578

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