|Nicolas de Larmessin II after Crispijn de Passe the Elder
|François Foppens, Brussels, 1682
|Image and plate 184 x 140 mm
Plate to Bullart's 'Academie des Sciences' (1682).
Half-length portrait of Sir Francis Drake turned slightly to the left, holding a globe inscribed with 'America'. The top right corner of the engraving features Drake's coat of arms.
After Crispijn der Passe the Elder's portrait Franciscus Drake Miles Auratus, illustration from the 'Heroologia Anglica' from 1620.
Sir Francis Drake (c.1540 - 27th January 1596) was an English naval commander, explorer, privateer, politician, and Elizabethan courtier. Drake's two greatest martime 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. Drake was an implacable and constant enemy of the Spaniards, preying upon the Spanish treasure fleets, and ushering in the first great era of piracy and privateering in the West Indies. The King of Spain, Philip II offered a reward for Drake's life of 20,000 ducats, but it was dysentery, rather than the Spanish, that eventually took his life, while he was anchored off the coast of Panama.
Nicolas de Larmessin II (1638-1694) was a French artist, printmaker and publisher. He is best known for engraving a series of almanacs and a series of portraits, such as his portrait of Anne of Austria (1683).
Crispijn van de Passe the Elder, or de Passe (c.1564, Arnemuiden - 1637, Utrecht) was a Dutch publisher and engraver and founder of a dynasty of engravers.
Condition: Excellent impression, very faint spotting to left hand side of image. Framed in an antique black and gold frame.