Sir Francis Drake

1 portrait by Nicholas Hilliard

Sir Francis Drake, by Nicholas Hilliard, 1581 - NPG 4851 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Francis Drake

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1581
1 1/8 in. (28 mm) diameter
Purchased with help from the Wolfson Foundation and H.M. Government, 1971
Primary Collection
NPG 4851


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  • Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator. Sitter associated with 36 portraits.

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  • Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 34 portraits.

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This miniature was produced in the year Drake was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth I.Red pigment used for the nose and cheeks give the sitter's flesh a pronounced ruddy tone.

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