Franc. Walsinghamius.Te Francisce Pio patriam cum deseris exul pectore apro meritis praemia digna capis.
[Crispijn de Passe; 1620.]
Engraving, fine. Plate 159 x 120mm. 6¼ x 4¾".
Portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham; bust, to the right, looking at viewer; waering high ruff and skull-cap; in oval frame. Illustration to the 'Heroologia Anglica'. Sir Francis Walsingham (1530-1590) the statesman who established and ran the great Elizabethan secret service, providing information particularly for William Cecil, Lord Burghley. Its spies operated mainly against Roman Catholic conspirators and the agents of Philip II of Spain. As Secretary of State (1573-90), Walsingham continually advised Elizabeth to wage war on Spain and foresaw the threat of the Armada. He secured the conviction and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Hind II, 154: 23. NPG: D33368.
[Ref: 28033] £90.00