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Sir Francis Walsingham

(circa 1532-1590), Statesman

Sitter associated with 30 portraits
Walsingham established and ran the great Elizabethan secret service, providing information particularly for William Cecil, Lord Burghley. Its spies operated mainly against Roman Catholic conspirators and the agents of Philip II of Spain. As Secretary of State (1573-90), Walsingham continually advised Elizabeth to wage war on Spain and foresaw the threat of the Armada. He secured the conviction and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Sir Francis Walsingham, attributed to John De Critz the Elder - NPG 1807

Sir Francis Walsingham

attributed to John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, circa 1585
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1807

Sir Francis Walsingham, possibly after John De Critz the Elder - NPG 1704

Sir Francis Walsingham

possibly after John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, 16th century (circa 1587)
NPG 1704

Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Sir Francis Walsingham, after Unknown artist - NPG D25033

Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Sir Francis Walsingham

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly early to mid 17th century
NPG D25033

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D33368

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33368

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D33369

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33369

Sir Francis Walsingham, after Unknown artist - NPG D33794

Sir Francis Walsingham

after Unknown artist
line engraving
NPG D33794

Sir Francis Walsingham, after Unknown artist - NPG D33793

Sir Francis Walsingham

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1688
NPG D33793

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D25358

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1697
NPG D25358

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst - NPG D19905

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst
engraving, published 1697
NPG D19905

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D20107

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, published 1697
NPG D20107

Sir Francis Walsingham, by George Vertue - NPG D25359

Sir Francis Walsingham

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1715
NPG D25359

Sir Francis Walsingham, by George Vertue - NPG D19918

Sir Francis Walsingham

by George Vertue
engraving, published 1715
NPG D19918

Sir Francis Walsingham, by W. Tringham - NPG D25356

Sir Francis Walsingham

by W. Tringham
line engraving, possibly mid 18th century
NPG D25356

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Federico Zuccaro - NPG D25355

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Federico Zuccaro
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D25355

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Federico Zuccaro - NPG D7668

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Federico Zuccaro
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D7668

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Federico Zuccaro - NPG D20110

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Federico Zuccaro
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D20110

Sir Francis Walsingham, after Federico Zuccaro - NPG D25361

Sir Francis Walsingham

after Federico Zuccaro
line engraving, 1750
NPG D25361

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Robert Cooper - NPG D25360

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Robert Cooper
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D25360

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17246

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, September 1813 (late 16th century)
NPG D17246

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Henry Meyer, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  William Haines - NPG D38519

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Henry Meyer, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Haines
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1815
NPG D38519

Sir Francis Walsingham, by Henry Bone, possibly after  John De Critz the Elder - NPG D17107

Sir Francis Walsingham

by Henry Bone, possibly after John De Critz the Elder
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1823
NPG D17107

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Sir Francis Walsingham

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33792

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Sir Francis Walsingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Federico Zuccaro
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42897

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