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Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I

12 of 125 portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist, circa 1595 - NPG 2825 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
pencil and watercolour, circa 1595
6 in. x 7 1/4 in. (152 mm x 184 mm)
Purchased, 1936
Primary Collection
NPG 2825

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Sitterback to top

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

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This portraitback to top

It is very difficult to identify the sitter in this drawing with certainty; however, it is possible that it is a late pattern for the face of Elizabeth I as it bears some resemblance to a few surviving portraits.
If it does represent Elizabeth I, it is a unique and important survival of the type of working drawing that would have been made by an artist as a pattern to produce multiple portraits of the queen. It is one of a small group that probably originally came from an artist's workshop.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Clare Gittings, The National Portrait Gallery Book of Elizabeth I, 2006, p. 19
  • Cooper, Tarnya (introduction) Banville, John (character sketch) Chevalier, Tracy (character sketch) Fellowes, Julian (character sketch) McCall Smith, Alexander (character sketch) Pratchett, Terry (character sketch) Singleton, Sarah (character sketch) Trollope, Joanna (character sketch) Waters, Minette (character sketch), Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from December 2011 - June 2012), p. 45
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 689
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 107

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