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Painting of Armada at Northern Ireland museum

Shirley Chambers from Department for Communities, Kathryn Thomson, CSO of National Museums NI and Anna Carragher, Trustee of National Heritage Memorial Fund, with the rare painting
Shirley Chambers from Department for Communities, Kathryn Thomson, CSO of National Museums NI and Anna Carragher, Trustee of National Heritage Memorial Fund, with the rare painting

By Staff Reporter

A rare miniature painting that was temporarily subject to a UK export ban has been acquired by National Museums NI.

With the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, the Department for Communities, Friends of the Ulster Museum and the Esme Mitchell Trust, the work has been acquired by National Museums NI and is now on display at the Ulster Museum.

The painting, entitled The Spanish Armada off the Coast of England, by an unknown artist but bearing the monogram "V.H.E.", shows the meeting of Spanish and English fleets, with Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley, watching as ships approach.

Experts believe it was produced between 1590 and 1610 after the famous series of 16th century battles resulted in the defeat of the Spanish.

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