Sir Francis Drake(1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator
Sitter associated with 36 portraits
One of the most famous of all English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandingly successful piracy. He circumnavigated the globe from 1577-81, and was vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588.
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by Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century
after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 1684