Sir Walter Ralegh; Walter Ralegh

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Sir Walter Ralegh; Walter Ralegh, by Unknown artist, 1602 - NPG 3914 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Walter Ralegh; Walter Ralegh

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1602
78 1/2 in. x 50 1/8 in. (1994 mm x 1273 mm)
Given by Lennard family, 1954
Primary Collection
NPG 3914

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  • Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618), Soldier, sailor, poet and writer. Sitter in 48 portraits.
  • Walter Ralegh (1593-1618), Eldest son of Sir Walter Raleigh. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This portrait was painted in 1602 when Ralegh was at the height of his renewed favour with the queen. It shows him together with his son Walter (1593-1618) who is made to mimic his father's confident pose. Both father and son are dressed in splendid costumes; Ralegh's jacket is embroidered with seed pearls and his son's blue suit is silver-braided. A contemporary of Ralegh described him as 'framed in so just a proportion and so seemly an order, as there was nothing in him that a man might well wish to have been added or altered'. The family home was at nearby Sherborne Castle in Dorset.

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