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Queen Elizabeth I

13 of 125 portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist, circa 1600 - NPG 5175 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1600
50 1/8 in. x 39 1/4 in. (1273 mm x 997 mm)
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5175


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  • Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Reigned 1558-1603. Sitter associated with 125 portraits.

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This painting is known as 'The Coronation portrait', and shows the Queen crowned, wearing the cloth of gold which she wore at her coronation on 15 January 1559, which had previously been worn by Mary I. She holds the orb and sceptre, symbols of her authority. The portrait appears to have been painted in about 1600, and is probably a copy of a lost original of c.1559.

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