Charles Howard (1536–1624), 1st Earl of Nottingham

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A full-length portrait to the right wearing Garter robes and a gold-embroidered skull-cap. His right hand rests on the top of his stick. Behind him and to the left is a green velvet curtain. On the right, a corner of a table is covered with a red Turkish rug on which a black hat with a white plume and a circlet of jewels has been placed. Beyond is a representation of the English fleet in action against the Spanish Armada, the campaign on which Howard's fame largely rests and in which he flew his flag in the 'Ark Royal'. This ship is probably included but is now hard to see. Howard was appointed Lord High Admiral in 1585 on the death of the Earl of Lincoln and in December 1587 was designated 'lieutenant-general and commander-in-chief of the navy prepared to the seas against Spain'.

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Charles Howard (1536–1624), 1st Earl of Nottingham




oil on canvas


H 208.5 x W 139.5 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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