Portrait of an Elizabethan woman in a gold frame on a dark wallNave Gallery, Buckland Abbey,
Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY

Open Daily, 11am to 5pm

See our portrait of Sir Francis Drake’s second wife, Lady Elizabeth Sydenham, on display alongside an iconic portrait of Drake which is currently on loan to Buckland Abbey as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘COMING HOME’ project.

This national initiative has seen the Gallery lend 50 portraits of famous individuals to places across the UK that are closely associated with them.

The painting of Drake was created shortly after he returned from his circumnavigation of the globe in 1580. The voyage made him famous as well as fabulously wealthy. He was knighted by Elizabeth I, and was able to purchase Buckland Abbey – a country home that befitted his new found status. He then became mayor of Plymouth and an MP. He was even granted his own Coat of Arms.

This is a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in Drake’s former Devon home.

Close up of a portrait of Sir Francis Drake at Buckland Abbey in June 2019

Our painting of Lady Elizabethan Sydenham is believed to be a marriage portrait. Both paintings previously belonged to the same owner, so this is the first time they’ve been reunited for more than 60 years.

Find out even more about the exhibition here.

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Admission fees to Buckland Abbey apply.