© National Portrait Gallery, London
Unknown man engraved as Sir Francis Drake
by Robert White Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1705
12 in. x 7 1/2 in. (304 mm x 191 mm) plate size; 12 1/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (309 mm x 196 mm) paper size
Given by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, 1925
- Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator. Sitter associated with 36 portraits.
- Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 607 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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