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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 D21056

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D21056

Queen Mary I; Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D34140

Queen Mary I; Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1677
NPG D34140

Queen Elizabeth I, by Robert White - NPG D25035

Queen Elizabeth I

by Robert White
line engraving, circa 1681
NPG D25035

Queen Elizabeth I, possibly by Robert White - NPG D25038

Queen Elizabeth I

possibly by Robert White
line engraving, 1681
NPG D25038

Queen Elizabeth I, by Robert White, published by  Richard Chiswell - NPG D42188

Queen Elizabeth I

by Robert White, published by Richard Chiswell
line engraving, circa 1681
NPG D42188

Queen Elizabeth I; Queen Mary II, by John Sturt, after  Unknown artists - NPG D21066

Queen Elizabeth I; Queen Mary II

by John Sturt, after Unknown artists
line engraving, circa 1689-1694
NPG D21066

Queen Elizabeth I, by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D18749

Queen Elizabeth I

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, circa 1697
NPG D18749

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25018

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D25018

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25019

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 18th century
NPG D25019

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG D25020

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 18th century
NPG D25020

Queen Elizabeth I, by John Simon - NPG D25027

Queen Elizabeth I

by John Simon
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D25027

Queen Elizabeth I, after Unknown artist - NPG D25034

Queen Elizabeth I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 18th century
NPG D25034

Queen Elizabeth I, by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after  Edward Lutterell (Luttrell) - NPG D25022

Queen Elizabeth I

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
line engraving, 1706
NPG D25022

The Sovereigns of England, part 2, by John Carwitham, printed and published by  Richard Caldwell, after  Unknown artist - NPG D34142

The Sovereigns of England, part 2

by John Carwitham, printed and published by Richard Caldwell, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D34142

Queen Elizabeth I, by J. Mynde - NPG D25016

Queen Elizabeth I

by J. Mynde
line engraving, probably mid 18th century
NPG D25016

The Gold and Silver Coins in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, after Unknown artist - NPG D25043

The Gold and Silver Coins in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably mid 18th century
NPG D25043

Queen Elizabeth I, by Richard Houston, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25455

Queen Elizabeth I

by Richard Houston, after Isaac Oliver
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D25455

Queen Elizabeth I, by George Vertue, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25028

Queen Elizabeth I

by George Vertue, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1732
NPG D25028

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