26 May 2016
Posted By: Caroline Sandes
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The Armada portrait has been saved for the nation after an Art Fund appeal generated £1.5m from 8,000 donations. The Heritage Lottery Fund gave £7.4m; the Art Fund and Royal Museums Greenwich were major donors. It will go on show when the Queen's House opens in October (BBC news 29th July 2016).

This wonderful portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her role as Defender of the Realm has come up for sale. Once owned by Sir Francis Drake and still owned by his descendents, this is an extremely rare opportunity for the Royal Museums Greenwich to acquire this painting for the National Collection. The painting would hang in the recently restored seventeenth-century Queen’s House  at the heart of Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

The asking price is £10 million; the Art Fund has pledged £1 million and Royal Museums Greenwich £400,000. All public donations will be matched pound for pound. For further information and to make a donation see http://artfund.org/armada

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