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Richard Drake, 1535-1603

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Drake, Richard

Object details:

Object ID BHC2663
Description A half-length portrait to left in black gilded half armour and a plumed hat. His sword hangs from a baldric of gilt chains and to the left his coat of arms has been displayed above a burgonet-type helmet. The portrait is inscribed and dated 'Ano dni 1577' and 'Aetatis suae 42', with the motto 'Tousiours prest a servir' below the coat of arms (In the year of Our Lord 1577, In the 42 year of his age, 'always ready to serve'). Richard Drake was the business manager and prize agent to his cousin, Sir Francis Drake. He took charge of the Spanish Armada prisoners taken off Plymouth in 1588, which included the Spanish vice-admiral, Don Pedro de Valdes.
Date made circa 1577

Artist/Maker Gower, George
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on panel
Measurements Painting: 911 mm x 711 mm; Frame: 1111 mm x 884 mm x 102 mm; Overall: 21.2 kg
  • Richard Drake, 1535-1603 (BHC2663)
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