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Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Reigned 1558-1603

Sitter associated with 125 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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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

4294

Queen Elizabeth I

by Steven van Herwijck
lead medal, 1565
NPG 4294

446

Queen Elizabeth I

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

108

Queen Elizabeth I

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1572
On display in Room 2: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 108

190

Queen Elizabeth I

associated with Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 190

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

2471

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1585-1590
NPG 2471

541

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1588
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 541

6947

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

attributed to Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1590
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6947

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

2825

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
pencil and watercolour, circa 1595
On display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2825

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

542

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, early 17th century with 18th century overpainting
On display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 542

357

Queen Elizabeth I

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Maximilian Colte
electrotype, 1873 (circa 1605-1607)
On display at Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA in the exhibtion 'Victorian Sculpture'
NPG 357

5474

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25180

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D31853

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 1)

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

D20951

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1587
NPG D20951

D19969

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21059

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25024

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25025

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25031

Queen Elizabeth I

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

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

D25037

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25039

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25042

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D42190

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D20205

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21055

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century
NPG D21055

D21061

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21057

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
etching, 17th century
NPG D21057

D21063

Somerviles haste to kill the Queene (Queen Elizabeth I; John Somerville (Somervile); 2 guards)

by Friedrich van Hulsen (Hulseen, Hulsius)
line engraving, early-mid 17th century
NPG D21063

D21060

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21058

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1604
NPG D21058

D42191

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D31852

Queen Elizabeth I

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

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

D20336

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21054

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25554

Roger Ascham and Princess (afterwards Queen) Elizabeth

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

D16561

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21053

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21052

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D22813

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25032

Queen Elizabeth I

by William Marshall
line engraving, circa 1648
NPG D25032

D42187

Queen Elizabeth I

by William Marshall
line engraving, circa 1648
NPG D42187

D13170

Monument to Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey

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

D25029

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25030

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D42189

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21062

Queen Elizabeth I

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