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Eleanor of Castile

1 of 2 portraits on display on the Medieval Stairs at the National Portrait Gallery

Eleanor of Castile, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  William Torel, 1873 (1291-1293) - NPG 345 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eleanor of Castile

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after William Torel
electrotype, 1873 (1291-1293)
42 1/2 in. (1080 mm) high
Purchased, 1873
Primary Collection
NPG 345

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  • Eleanor of Castile (1241-1290), Queen of Edward I and Countess of Ponthieu. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This electrotype is a copy from the upper part of the gilt bronze tomb effigy in Westminster Abbey, commissioned by her husband, King Edward I. It is one of a series of electrotype reproductions of tomb effigies made for the National Portrait Gallery by Elkington & Co in the 1870s. An electrotype sculpture of this type is made by electro-deposition of copper onto a mould or cast of an object. The electrotype could then be patinated like bronze.

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