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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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Sir Francis Drake, by Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 4851

Sir Francis Drake

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1581
NPG 4851

Sir Francis Drake, by Unknown artist - NPG 4032

Sir Francis Drake

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1581
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4032

Sir Francis Drake, attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by  George Vertue - NPG 3905

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 - NPG 1627

Sir Francis Drake

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

Sir Francis Drake, possibly by Jodocus Hondius - NPG D25402

Sir Francis Drake

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

Sir Francis Drake, after Unknown artist - NPG D2283

Sir Francis Drake

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

Sir Francis Drake, by Johan Wierix, after  Jean Rabel - NPG D25403

Sir Francis Drake

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

Sir Francis Drake, after Jean Rabel - NPG D7618

Sir Francis Drake

after Jean Rabel
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D7618

Circumnavigators, by Unknown artist - NPG D21178

Circumnavigators

by Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century
NPG D21178

Possibly Sir Francis Drake, by Unknown engraver - NPG D21177

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 - NPG D25411

Sir Francis Drake

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

Sir Francis Drake, by Robert Vaughan - NPG D25414

Sir Francis Drake

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

Sir Francis Drake, by William Marshall - NPG D25413

Sir Francis Drake

by William Marshall
line engraving, 1648
NPG D25413

Sir Francis Drake, after Unknown artist - NPG D25407

Sir Francis Drake

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

Unknown man engraved as Sir Francis Drake, by Robert White - NPG D13560

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 - NPG D25410

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 - NPG D35386

Sir Francis Drake

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

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