Sir Francis Drake

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Sir Francis Drake, attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by  George Vertue, circa 1583 - NPG 3905 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Francis Drake

attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by George Vertue
engraving, circa 1583
15 1/2 in. x 12 in. (394 mm x 305 mm)
Transferred from National Portrait Gallery Reference Collection, 1954
Primary Collection
NPG 3905


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

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  • Jodocus Hondius (1563-1611). Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 845 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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This large scale engraving, produced in Drake's lifetime, must have been designed to herald his status as national hero. However, very few early impressions exist and it may not have been widely circulated.

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