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Sir Francis Walsingham (1530-1590), Statesman

Sitter associated with 29 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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D25355

Sir Francis Walsingham

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

D7668

Sir Francis Walsingham

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

D20110

Sir Francis Walsingham

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

D25361

Sir Francis Walsingham

after Federico Zuccaro
line engraving, 1750
NPG D25361

D25360

Sir Francis Walsingham

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

D17246

Sir Francis Walsingham

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

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

D17107

Sir Francis Walsingham

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

D33792

Sir Francis Walsingham

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