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Queen Elizabeth I

(1533-1603), Reigned 1558-1603

Sitter associated with 127 portraits
The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth came to the throne on the death of her half-sister, Mary I. Her long reign, beginning in 1558, saw the secure establishment of the Church of England. It was characterised by relative peace and prosperity, a great increase in foreign trade and exploration, and a flourishing literary culture. Despite receiving many proposals of marriage, Elizabeth remained single and became legendary as the 'virgin queen'. She had many favourites, but none more important than Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, who sought to win her hand in marriage.

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Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist - NPG 4449

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1560
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4449

Queen Elizabeth I, by Steven van Herwijck - NPG 4294

Queen Elizabeth I

by Steven van Herwijck
lead medal, 1565
NPG 4294

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 446

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
electrotype of a so-called pattern for a sovereign, 19th century (late 16th century)
NPG 446

Queen Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 108

Queen Elizabeth I

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1572
NPG 108

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown continental artist - NPG 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

Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses'), attributed to Isaac Oliver - NPG 6947

Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses')

attributed to Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 6947

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait'), by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - NPG 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

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 2825

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
pencil and watercolour, circa 1595
NPG 2825

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist - NPG 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

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 542

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, early 17th century with 18th century overpainting
NPG 542

Queen Elizabeth I, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Maximilian Colte - NPG 357

Queen Elizabeth I

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Maximilian Colte
electrotype, 1873 (circa 1605-1607)
NPG 357

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 5474

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
marble bust, late 18th century or 19th century
On display at Kenilworth Castle, London
NPG 5474

Queen Elizabeth I, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25180

Queen Elizabeth I

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, probably late 16th to early 17th century
NPG D25180

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 1), after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder - NPG D31853

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 1)

after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder
photograph of engraving, (1576)
NPG D31853

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D20951

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1587
NPG D20951

Queen Elizabeth I, by and published by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after  Unknown artist - NPG D19969

Queen Elizabeth I

by and published by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1596-1624
NPG D19969

Queen Elizabeth I, by and published by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after  Unknown artist - NPG D21059

Queen Elizabeth I

by and published by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1596-1624
NPG D21059

Queen Elizabeth I, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D25024

Queen Elizabeth I

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D25024

Queen Elizabeth I, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D25025

Queen Elizabeth I

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D25025

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25031

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
NPG D25031

Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Sir Francis Walsingham, after Unknown artist - NPG D25033

Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Sir Francis Walsingham

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly early to mid 17th century
NPG D25033

Queen Elizabeth I, possibly by William Faithorne - NPG D25037

Queen Elizabeth I

possibly by William Faithorne
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D25037

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25039

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
NPG D25039

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25042

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably early 17th century
NPG D25042

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D42190

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century (1596)
NPG D42190

Queen Elizabeth I, published by Paul de la Houve - NPG D20205

Queen Elizabeth I

published by Paul de la Houve
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D20205

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D21055

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century
NPG D21055

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D21061

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century (1596)
NPG D21061

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D21057

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
etching, 17th century
NPG D21057

Queen Elizabeth I, by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after  Unknown artist - NPG D21060

Queen Elizabeth I

by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1601
NPG D21060

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D21058

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1604
NPG D21058

Queen Elizabeth I, by Simon de Passe, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D42191

Queen Elizabeth I

by Simon de Passe, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, circa 1615-1620
NPG D42191

Queen Elizabeth I, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D31852

Queen Elizabeth I

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1618
NPG D31852

Monument to Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey, by Magdalena de Passe, or by  Willem de Passe, after  Maximilian Colte - NPG D13271

Monument to Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey

by Magdalena de Passe, or by Willem de Passe, after Maximilian Colte
line engraving, 1620
NPG D13271

Queen Elizabeth I, by Charles David, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D20336

Queen Elizabeth I

by Charles David, after Isaac Oliver
engraving, circa 1625-1636
NPG D20336

Queen Elizabeth I, by Francis Delaram, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D21054

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1625
NPG D21054

Roger Ascham and Princess (afterwards Queen) Elizabeth, by Michael Burghers - NPG D25554

Roger Ascham and Princess (afterwards Queen) Elizabeth

by Michael Burghers
line engraving, possibly mid to late 17th century
NPG D25554

Queen Elizabeth I, by Francis Delaram, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D16561

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D16561

Queen Elizabeth I, by Francis Delaram, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D21053

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D21053

Queen Elizabeth I, by Francis Delaram, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D21052

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D21052

Queen Elizabeth I, probably by William Faithorne, published by  Sir Robert Peake, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D22813

Queen Elizabeth I

probably by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22813

Queen Elizabeth I, by William Marshall - NPG D25032

Queen Elizabeth I

by William Marshall
line engraving, circa 1648
NPG D25032

Queen Elizabeth I, by William Marshall - NPG D42187

Queen Elizabeth I

by William Marshall
line engraving, circa 1648
NPG D42187

Monument to Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey, by Richard Gaywood, after  Maximilian Colte - NPG D13170

Monument to Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey

by Richard Gaywood, after Maximilian Colte
etching, circa 1665
NPG D13170

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25029

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D25029

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25030

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D25030

Queen Elizabeth I, by Johann Alexander Böner, after  Jacob Loots (Loets) - NPG D42189

Queen Elizabeth I

by Johann Alexander Böner, after Jacob Loots (Loets)
line engraving, late 17th-early 18th century
NPG D42189

Queen Elizabeth I, published by Paul van Somer - NPG D21062

Queen Elizabeth I

published by Paul van Somer
etching, late 17th century
NPG D21062

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