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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2021 9:23 p.m. PST

"Ten hand-drawn maps that are the only surviving contemporary drawings of the defeat of the Spanish Armada have been saved from export into an unknown private collection and will be acquired by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN). The ink and watercolor drawing were sold to a private collector last July for £600,000.00 GBP The foreign buyer applied for an export license and the Culture Minister placed a temporary bar on export to give a UK institution time to raise the purchase price and keep these irreplaceable pieces in the country. The NMRN's campaign achieved the goal in just eight weeks, thanks to grants from the Royal Navy (100,000), the National Heritage Memorial Fund (212,800) and the Art Fund (200,000), and donations from the public.

The maps were drawn by an unknown artist probably from the Netherlands as there is a Flemish language annotation in the margin of one drawing and evidence of removed inscriptions on some of the other maps. They are cognates of now-lost engravings made in 1590 by Augustine Ryther. They are not copies of those engravings, although it's also possible they were copies of Ryther's source: drawings by Robert Adams, the military engineer who was Surveyor of the Queen's Works and whose abilities as a draughtsman and cartographer placed him in the ranks of the great miniaturists of the Elizabethan court. Whoever drew these maps stopped midway through the job. Researchers believe these drawings may have been intended for unauthorized publication in the Netherlands and were abandoned when the official Ryther engravings were published…"


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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 8:53 a.m. PST

That is great news!


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 12:00 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


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