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The Death of Captain Grenville, Captain of the 'Revenge'

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Naval commander, Sir Richard Grenville, was born into a seafaring family. His father had been the captain of the Mary Rose and he was a cousin of both Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1591, he was appointed to an expedition to patrol the coasts of the Azores for Spanish treasure ships. Grenville’s ship, the Revenge, was considered one of the finest galleons in the world. The situation in the Azores became dangerous but despite orders to return to sea, Grenville vowed to stay and fight the enemy rather than leave his 90 sick men ashore.

Victoria Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 61.2 x W 46 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1940.13

Acquisition method

gift from Frederick Stanbury, 1940

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