Sir Francis Drake
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A portrait of Sir Francis Drake, shown bust-length, turned slightly to the right, wearing a lace collar and embroidered doublet. From Harris' "Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca. Or, a complete collection of voyages and travels" first published in two volumes in 1705, and republished posthumously between 1744 and 1748. As the original inscription 'R. White sculpsit' is removed from the plate, this is most likely an impression printed in the second edition from 1744-1748. The print was made after a painting in the collection Sir George Sydenham (and his descendants), which is considered the most true to form portrait of Sir Francis Drake, as Sydenham's daughter Elizabeth was married to the navigator. Sir Francis Drake (c.1540 - 27th January 1596) was an English naval commander, explorer, privateer, politician, and Elizabethan courtier. Drake's two greatest maritime achievements were his circumnavigation of the globe from 1577 to 1580, and his various actions against the Spanish Armada, while serving as vice admiral of the English fleet. His circumnavigation was the second successful attempt in history, after Magellan and Elcano, and the first to be completed by a single captain. Robert White (1645-1703) was a draughtsman and engraver. Born in London and was apprenticed to David Loggan, whose position as the leading line engraver for the print trade he later inherited.
region: Portraits and the Map Trade
mapmaker: R. White
place and date of publication: London 1705 - c.1745
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncolouredref: 43621
size in mm: 310 by 190mm (12.25 by 7.5 inches).
Price: £ 240£ 168
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