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Queen Elizabeth Portrait to Remain in UK After Successful Fundraiser

Image: Queen Elizabeth Portrait to Remain in UK After Successful Fundraiser
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By    |   Friday, 29 Jul 2016 09:50 AM

An iconic 16th-century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will remain in Britain after a successful fund-raising campaign spearheaded by the Art Fund.

The national fund-raising group announced on Friday a successful campaign to buy the "Armada Portrait," painted around 1590 to celebrate the British navy’s 1588 victory over the Spanish fleet, The New York Times reported.

The Heritage Lottery Fund contributed £7.4 million ($9.79 million), and 8,000 individuals contributed a total of £1.5 million ($1.98 million). The Art Fund contributed £1 million ($1.32 million) and Royal Museums Greenwich gave £400,000 ($529,000), the Times said.

The portrait was bought from descendants of Sir Francis Drake and will hang in the national collection of Royal Museums Greenwich at the Queen's House, where Elizabeth I was born in 1533, The Guardian reported. The Queen's House is undergoing renovation and is expected to reopen on Oct. 11.

The well-known portrait has been included in school textbooks for generations and inspired film and stage portrayals of the queen.

"The Armada portrait is a compelling historic icon, illustrating as it does a decisive conflict, inspiring female leadership, maritime power and the emergence of the Elizabethan golden age," Sir Peter Luff, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund said, according to The Guardian. "This image has shaped our understanding of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, for over 400 years and I am delighted that it will now have such an appropriate permanent home in Greenwich."

The portrait is one of three similar works and considered the most significant as it has been in the possession of descendants of Drake since at least 1775. Drake, who was second in command of the English fleet when the Armada was defeated, may have commissioned the portrait, The Art Newspaper noted.

The painter's identity is unknown.

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