Save the Armada Portrait

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I – a masterpiece of the English Renaissance once owned by Sir Francis Drake – has been saved, thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals, grant-making foundations and a major grant of £7.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This remarkable historic portrait will now enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year-history and will hang in the Queen’s House when it reopens following a major restoration on 11 October.  Fittingly, the Queen’s House sits on the site of the original Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Elizabeth I herself. 

Thank you to all who supported the campaign.

You can currently see the portrait at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich – plan your trip now.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I – a masterpiece of the English Renaissance once owned by Sir Francis Drake – has been saved, thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals, grant-making foundations and a major grant of £7.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This remarkable historic portrait will now enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year-history and will hang in the Queen’s House when it reopens following a major restoration on 11 October.  Fittingly, the Queen’s House sits on the site of the original Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Elizabeth I herself. 

Thank you to all who supported the campaign.

You can currently see the portrait at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich – plan your trip now.

Iconic Elizabeth I portrait saved

29 July 2016

We’re thrilled that our public appeal, along with a £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, has enabled Royal Museums Greenwich to acquire the Armada Portrait.


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