Queen Elizabeth I

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Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist, 1580s-1590s - NPG 200 - © National Portrait Gallery, London; photograph National Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London; photograph National Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1580s-1590s
26 1/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (666 mm x 488 mm)
Given by Mines Royal, Mineral and Battery Societies, 1865
Primary Collection
NPG 200

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

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Paint loss from the surface has made it difficult to see how it would have originally looked, but has revealed information about the history of the painting. The portrait of Elizabeth has been painted over an unfinished portrait of an entirely different female sitter. The eyes and nose of the face underneath can now be seen where paint has been lost from Elizabeth's forehead. The identity of the original sitter remains a mystery but her headdress, which can be just made out, appears to date from the 1570s or 1580s.

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  • NPG D40453: Artist's impression of how the serpent in NPG200 might originally have looked (source portrait)

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