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Sir Francis Walsingham

1 of 9 portraits by John De Critz the Elder

Sir Francis Walsingham, attributed to John De Critz the Elder, circa 1585 - NPG 1807 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Francis Walsingham

attributed to John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, circa 1585
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased, 1917
Primary Collection
NPG 1807


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This is the only known portrait type of Walsingham, and is associated with the artist John de Critz whom he patronised extensively in the 1580s. Despite mounting debts, Walsingham repeatedly entertained Elizabeth I at his home at Barn Elms, near Putney, in the second half of the 1580s, the period from which this portrait dates. It shows Walsingham wearing a cameo of the queen who he served so faithfully and yet who failed to reward him for his loyalty and patriotism.

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