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Sir Francis Drake

  • Object:

    Printing plate

  • Date:

    ca. 1746 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houbraken, Jacobus, born 1698 - died 1780 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved copperplate

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 9, box G

Physical description

'Sir Francis Drake'. Engraved copperplate. Portrait of Sir Francis Drake in a decorative frame surrounded by objects including; a trident, a mast, cannons, an anchor and topped with a crown (the design of which is reminiscent of ships' sterns). Below the frame 'Sr FRANCIS DRAKE' is lettered on a banner. Below this is a smaller ovoid frame in which a sea battle is depicted, most probably that of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
See a print taken from this plate, E.356B-1892.


ca. 1746 (engraved)


Houbraken, Jacobus, born 1698 - died 1780 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved copperplate

Marks and inscriptions

J: Houbraken Sculp Amst.
(In reverse) below what would be the bottom-right corner of a print.

(In reverse) on a banner below the framed portrait.


Height: 36.7 cm, Width: 23.3 cm

Descriptive line

Engraved copper plate. Jacobus Houbraken. Portrait of Sir Francis Drake, ca. 1746.

Production Note

See a print from the plate, E.356B-1892.





Subjects depicted

Crowns (headdresses); Acanthus; Leaf (plant material); Portrait; Trident; Banner; Moldings; Cannon; Ruff; Globe; Anchors (watercraft equipment); Medallion


Prints; Portraits; Tools & Equipment


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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