Painting of Sir Francis Drake to be displayed in his former home at Buckland Abbey

PUBLISHED: 10:54 21 May 2019

Alison Cooper, National Trust Curator, and 
Neil Wressell, National Trust Conservator, are pictured with the painting

Alison Cooper, National Trust Curator, and Neil Wressell, National Trust Conservator, are pictured with the painting

Steven Haywood/National Trust

A painting of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, has been brought to the Elizabethan seafarer's former Devon home, Buckland Abbey, near Tavistock.

It's part of the National Portrait Gallery's COMING HOME project, which will see the Gallery lend 50 portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated.

The portrait was painted in about 1581 and will hang at Buckland Abbey for five months so that local residents can see the Elizabethan portrait for the first time on their doorstep.

Alison Cooper, the National Trust's curator, says: "The painting was created shortly after Drake came home from his circumnavigation of the globe. In 1581 following his return, his life entirely changed.

"His voyage made him famous as well as fabulously wealthy. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I, and was able to purchase Buckland Abbey - a country home that befitted his new found status."

The portrait will be on display at Buckland Abbey until 22 September.

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