|Title||Sir Francis Drake|
|Collection||Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery|
|Artist||Attributed to Geeraerts, Marcus, the younger (Flemish painter, 1561-1635, active in England)|
|Date Earliest||about 1581|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1591|
|Description||One of the most famous mariners in British history, Francis Drake was a pioneer explorer as well as an unrelenting Vice Admiral in the reign of Elizabeth I. In 1580 he had become the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, for which he was knighted and became MP and Mayor of Plymouth. He was also known for his notorious exploits against the Spanish Armada in the Anglo-Spanish War. This portrait depicts Drake in his armour, his right arm resting on a globe. There is some doubt regarding the attribution to Marcus Geeraerts II who was court painter during the 1590s.|
|Current Accession Number||Plymg:1921.139|
|Subject||portrait (Sir Francis Drake, 1540-1596)|
|Measurements||48.2 x 62.2 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Purchased from C. Newman 1921.|
See literature: Strong, R., The Tudor and Stuart Monarchy, 1995, pp. 269-313, 350-351.
C. Newman, Duke Street, London.
|Rights Owner||Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery|
|Author||Dr Anne L. Cowe|