One of the most iconic images in British history, the Armada Portrait commemorates the most famous conflict in Elizabeth’s reign, the Spanish Armada’s failed attempt to invade England in 1588.
Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) will showcase its own version of the Armada Portrait – which was saved for the nation in 2016 following a major public appeal with Art Fund and funding from the National Lottery – alongside the two other surviving versions, from the collections of Woburn Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). All three versions of the Armada Portrait are believed to have been painted shortly after the event, circa 1588. Whilst copies and derivatives of the portrait pattern have been made over the centuries, the three portraits that will be united at the Queen’s House are the only contemporary versions in existence and the only three featuring seascapes that depict episodes from the Spanish Armada in the background.
The exhibition, entitled is the first time the paintings have been displayed together in their 430-year history.