29 Jul '16, 10am

How Christie’s helped secure the iconic Armada portrait for generations to come #savearmada https://t.co/lkshOPWvV1

How Christie’s helped secure the iconic Armada portrait for generations to come #savearmada https://t.co/lkshOPWvV1

When she sat for the portrait, Elizabeth I was in her late 50s, and at the height of her power. Immediately prior to the Armada victory, in August 1588, she had given a speech that would come to be the most famous of her tenure, telling her troops at Tilbury: ‘I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too…’ Unusual for its horizontal format and large size (110.5 x 125 cm), the portrait is thought to have been commissioned by Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral of the English Fleet against the Spanish Armada, and one of the great heroes of Queen Elizabeth’s court. It is one of three surviving versions of the Armada portrait, together with those currently on display at Woburn Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery in London. The work had been held by descendants of Drake since at least 1775, when it was ...

Full article: http://www.christies.com/features/Queen-Elizabeth-I-Armad...

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oceana.org 30 Jul '16, 10am

Queen Parrotfish are herbivores that graze the reef, using their beaks to scrape plants and algae from the reef surface. O...