Sir Francis Drake
1 of 864 portraits by George Vertue
Sir Francis Drake
attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by George Vertue
engraving, circa 1583
15 1/2 in. x 12 in. (394 mm x 305 mm)
Transferred from National Portrait Gallery Reference Collection, 1954
Sitterback to top
- Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator. Sitter associated with 39 portraits.
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This large scale engraving, produced in Drake's lifetime, must have been designed to herald his status as national hero. However, very few early impressions exist and it may not have been widely circulated.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 186
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 259
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 70
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Face of Britain: Fame (14 September 2015 - 4 January 2016)
- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (7 July 2007 - 9 December 2007)
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Events of 1583back to top
Current affairsFrancis Throckmorton plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and place Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne. The conspiracy is uncovered and Throckmorton is executed.
Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes an English colony in Newfoundland. He is drowned on the return voyage.
The revolt in Munster, Ireland, against English rule ends with the execution of the rebel leader the Earl of Desmond. The region is devastated by famine and plague.
Art and scienceThe first recorded life insurance policy is issued in London.
The Italian botanist Andrea Cesalpino publishes De plantis (Of Plants) the first modern classification of plants.
InternationalThe French Fury - François, Duke of Anjou attacks Antwerp in an attempt to assert French authority in the Spanish Netherlands. He fails to capture the city and retires to France.
The Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II moves the Imperial Court from Vienna to Prague.
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