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Royal Museums Greenwich launch appeal to save Armada portrait

World Hertitage Site partner, Royal Museums Greenwich, supported by Art Fund, have a unique chance to acquire the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I so that it can be permanently shown in a public collection. 

About the portrait and the appeal

The iconic Armada portrait occupies a key place in British art and history. It commemorates the most famous conflict of Elizabeth's reign, and has been instrumental in making her one of the most recognizable historical figures today. 

The painting is owned by descendants of Sir Francis Drake, and if the fundraising campaign is successful it will enter Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection, securing its long-term conservation and future in public ownership. It will go on display at the Queen’s House, practically on the site of the Greenwich Palace birthplace of Queen Elizabeth I, and now home to one of the nation’s finest art collections. Unless the £10m is raised within a limited timeframe, it will be sold on the open market, and is likely to go to a private buyer overseas. 

Please give as generously as you can. All donations – large or small – will be matched pound-for-pound by a group of private individuals and charitable trusts. 

See this magnificent painting for yourself, on display for a limited period in the ‘Maritime London’ gallery on the ground floor of the National Maritime Museum rmg.co.uk/armada

Donate to the campaign at artfund.org/armada or at the donation box alongside the painting.


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