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Maps and globes

Portraits that include local, regional and world maps and several globe types. Explore the full list here.

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Sir Francis Drake
by Unknown artist
circa 1581
NPG 4032

Thomas Cavendish
by Jodocus Hondius
circa 1590-1592
NPG 6677

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
circa 1592
NPG 2561

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