Search the Collection

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.

List Thumbnail

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

Related People

Groups

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.