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[DRAKE, Francis (1540?-1596).] HONDIUS, Jodocus (1563-1612). [Portrait of Sir Francis Drake, titled] Franciscus Draeck noblissimus eques Angliae An Aet Sue c 43. [London: Jodocius Hondius], ca 1583/1733.
[DRAKE, Francis (1540?-1596).] HONDIUS, Jodocus (1563-1612). [Portrait of Sir Francis Drake, titled] Franciscus Draeck noblissimus eques Angliae An Aet Sue c 43. [London: Jodocius Hondius], ca 1583/1733.

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[DRAKE, Francis (1540?-1596).] HONDIUS, Jodocus (1563-1612). [Portrait of Sir Francis Drake, titled] Franciscus Draeck noblissimus eques Angliae An Aet Sue c 43. [London: Jodocius Hondius], ca 1583/1733.

Engraved portrait of Francis Drake, image and sheet 400 x 310 mm. (Shaved to just within plate mark.)

The finest contemporary portrait of Drake, here aged 43, at the height of his power; the favor tied to his left sleeve indicating the royal patronage of Elizabeth. The portrait is three-quarter length, with Drake's right hand on a helmet, his left holding a baton. In the background a suspended globe to the left, with his arms to the right. George Vertue attributed the unpublished and unsigned engraving to Hondius, bought the unfinished plate from Drake's descendants, added to the background and published this second state. Hind agreed with Vertue's assessment, but speculated that it might be by Remigius Hogenberg. Hind. Engraving in England, p.159 and pl.92.

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