Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain



Thomas Cavendish, by Jodocus Hondius, circa 1590-1592 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Cavendish
by Jodocus Hondius
circa 1590-1592
NPG 6677

Past display archive
7 July - 9 December 2007

Room 16

Free

Before the age of photography, portrait engravings published as book illustrations created a market for images of celebrated individuals. This display features some of the earliest of the Gallery's portrait prints produced in England and examines how they tell a visual history. It will explore how naval heroes such as Francis Drake and traitors such as the gunpowder plotters became national figures.