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Room 2
Elizabethan England

Room 2This long gallery, redesigned by Dixon Jones as part of the Ondaatje Wing redevelopment in 2000, covers the long reign of Elizabeth I from 1558 to 1603. The Coronation Portrait from around 1559 at the entrance to the room and the Ditchley Portrait from around 1592 frame the rest of the display. Amongst other important portraits is a full-length portrait of Drake marking how Britain became a world power.

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20 portraits on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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6768

John Astley

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on canvas, 1555
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6768

2184

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1560s
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2184

352

Sir Thomas Gresham

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1565
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 352

6676

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1565
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6676

2095

Sir Henry Lee

by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)
oil on panel, 1568
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2095

429

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, late sixteenth century or early seventeenth century (1578?)
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 429

2082

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown continental artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2082

447

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 447

5732

Sir Philip Sidney

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1576
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5732

4032

Sir Francis Drake

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1580
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4032

1807

Sir Francis Walsingham

attributed to John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, circa 1585
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1807

7

Sir Walter Ralegh

attributed to 'H'
oil on panel, 1588
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7

2561

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1592
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2561

6790

John Donne

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1595
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6790

710

Sir Henry Unton

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1596
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 710

4985

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1597
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4985

5175

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1600
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5175

L114

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1600
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L114

665

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1604
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 665