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Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator

Sitter associated with 36 portraits
One of the most famous English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship, outstandingly successful piracy and his circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-1581 which involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. Drake's increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s contributed to Philip II of Spain's decision to launch the Armada against England in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada.

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Sir Francis Drake

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1580
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4032


Sir Francis Drake

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1581
NPG 4851


Sir Francis Drake

attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by George Vertue
engraving, circa 1583
NPG 3905


Sir Francis Drake

after an engraving attributed to Jodocus Hondius
oil on panel, circa 1583
NPG 1627


Sir Francis Drake

possibly by Jodocus Hondius
line engraving, possibly late 16th to early 17th century
NPG D25402


Sir Francis Drake

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 16th-early 17th century
NPG D2283


Sir Francis Drake

by Johan Wierix, after Jean Rabel
line engraving, possibly early 17th century
NPG D25403


Sir Francis Drake

after Jean Rabel
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D7618



by Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century
NPG D21178


Possibly Sir Francis Drake

by Unknown engraver
etching, 17th century?
NPG D21177


Sir Francis Drake

possibly by Magdalena de Passe, possibly by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D25411


Sir Francis Drake

by Robert Vaughan
line engraving, probably mid 17th century
NPG D25414


Sir Francis Drake

by William Marshall
line engraving, 1648
NPG D25413


Sir Francis Drake

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D25407


Unknown man engraved as Sir Francis Drake

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1705
NPG D13560


Sir Francis Drake

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D25410


Sir Francis Drake

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D35386

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