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Knighting the Captains on Board the Ark Royal

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: National Trust, Buckland Abbey

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Charles (1536–1624), Baron Howard of Effingham (subsequently 1st Earl of Nottingham, KG), the Lieutenant-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Navy and Army (to whom Sir Francis Drake was second-in-command) is seen on board his flagship, the 'Ark Royal'. On the evening of 25th July 1588, following a successful engagement with the Spanish off the Isle of Wight, he knighted John Hawkins (his rear-admiral), Martin Frobisher (commander of the 'Triumph') and Lord Thomas Howard (later 1st Baron Howard de Walden and Earl of Suffolk) for their gallantry.

National Trust, Buckland Abbey


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    100 x 272 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased at Sotheby's, 1998


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