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Room 2
Elizabethan England

Room 2This long gallery, redesigned by Dixon Jones as part of the Ondaatje Wing redevelopment in 2000, covers the long reign of Elizabeth I from 1558 to 1603. The Coronation Portrait from around 1559 at the entrance to the room and the Ditchley Portrait from around 1592 frame the rest of the display. Amongst other important portraits is a full-length portrait of Drake marking how Britain became a world power.

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20 portraits on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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428

Queen Mary I

by Master John
oil on panel, 1544
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 428

6768

John Astley

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on canvas, 1555
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6768

2184

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1560s
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2184

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

352

Sir Thomas Gresham

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1565
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 352

2095

Sir Henry Lee

by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)
oil on panel, 1568
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2095

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

447

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 447

429

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, late 16th century (1578?)
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 429

4032

Sir Francis Drake

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1580
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4032

L256

Sir Christopher Hatton

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1580
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L256

1807

Sir Francis Walsingham

attributed to John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, circa 1585
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1807

7

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, 1588
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7

710

Sir Henry Unton

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1596
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 710

L231

Anne, Lady Pope with her children

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, 1596
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L231

4985

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1597
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4985

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

L114

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1600
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L114

665

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1604
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 665