Queens and Consorts: Likeness in Life and Death
Past display archive
12 June 2013 - 2 March 2014
Queen Elizabeth I
by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Maximilian Colte
1873 (circa 1605-1607)
This comparison can be explored in the Gallery through the display of electrotype copies of the effigies. These were made by the Birmingham firm of Elkington & Co. in the late nineteenth century, and were based on plaster cast moulds taken by Domenico Brucciani. For example, the electrotype copy of Maximilian Colte’s effigy of Elizabeth I can be compared both with a portrait of her as a young queen, and with the magnificent image presented in the ‘Ditchley’ portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.
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