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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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D5580

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5580

D5581

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5581

D5582

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5582

D5583

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5583

D5584

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5584

D5585

Sir Walter Ralegh

by James Posselwhite
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D5585

D39190

Sir Walter Ralegh

published by The Medici Society Ltd, after a painting attributed to 'H'
chromolithograph, 1914 (1588)
NPG D39190