Elizabeth of York
Elizabeth of York
by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century, based on a work of circa 1500
22 1/4 in. x 16 3/8 in. (565 mm x 416 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Elizabeth of York (1466-1503), Queen of Henry VII. Sitter associated with 23 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The daughter of Edward IV, Elizabeth married Henry VII in 1486, an act which reconciled moderate Yorkist opposition to the Tudor dynasty. Four of their seven children survived infancy: Arthur, Henry (later Henry VIII), Margaret (later Queen of Scotland), and Mary (later Queen of France and subsequently Duchess of Suffolk). In this portrait, which was made a considerable time after her death, Elizabeth is shown holding a white rose, the symbol of the House of York. Around her neck is a pendant, combining rubies and pearls in the shape of the Tudor rose, symbolising the reconcilation of the Houses of York and Lancaster effected by her marriage.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gittings, Clare, The National Portrait Gallery Book of The Tudors, 2006, p. 5
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 203
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 97
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 85
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 86
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Queens and Consorts: Likeness in lIfe and Death (From 12 June 2013)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1500back to top
Current affairsHenry VII meets Philip the Fair of Burgundy at Calais to confirm the resolution of trade disputes with the Netherlands and to discuss dynastic marriages for Prince Henry, later Henry VIII, and Princess Mary, later Queen of France.
Art and sciencePedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sail to Brazil, and claims the land for Portugal.
William Caxton's successor, Wynkyn de Worde, establishes a printing press in Fleet Street, London. The area becomes synonymous with printing.
InternationalLouis XII of France and Ferdinand II of Aragon agree to divide the Kingdom of Naples between them at the Treaty of Granada
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On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 16 March 2018
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 31 July