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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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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

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