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Queen Elizabeth I

15 of 125 portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Maximilian Colte, 1873 (circa 1605-1607) - NPG 357 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Elizabeth I

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Maximilian Colte
electrotype, 1873 (circa 1605-1607)
38 in. (965 mm) long
Purchased, 1872
Primary Collection
NPG 357

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

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This electrotype is a copy from the upper part of the white marble tomb effigy in Westminster Abbey. 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. Elizabeth is portrayed as queen, with the crown, orb and sceptre. Sculpted after her death, the stark realism of the features of the sculpted portrait suggests that the effigy was probably based on a death mask. The royal regalia have been damaged in the original monument and this is replicated in the electrotype copy displayed here.

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