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Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I cover

List of illustrations

An ideal teaching tool, the pack covers Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 in History and includes A2-size colour posters of the following key portraits:

  • The 'Coronation' portrait by an unknown artist
  • The 'Phoenix' portrait attributed to Nicholas Hilliard
  • The 'Darnley' portrait by an unknown artist
  • The 'Armada' portrait attributed to George Gower
  • The 'Ditchley' portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
  • The 'Rainbow' portrait attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger


Clare Gittings is Education Officer at the National Portrait Gallery and author of several other popular resource packs.

Out of print

An Educational Resource Pack
Clare Gittings

6 folded A2 colour posters, an A4 illustrated booklet with photocopy masters
ISBN 1 85514 520 0

2003 marks the 400th anniversary of Elizabeth I's death, one of England's most well-known and iconic rulers. Voted seventh in the recent BBC series 'Greatest Britons', her legacy and testament live on.

To coincide with this historic anniversary, the nation again will be celebrating this remarkable monarch's reign. From exhibitions to costumed events, the coming months will be teeming with Elizabethan activities for children and adults alike.

Published to coincide with these activities, this accessible and informative resource pack spans more than forty years of Elizabeth I's reign (1558-1603). During her lifetime the Queen's courtiers commissioned paintings that developed her own image as well as a complex set of personal symbols. These reflected, and often helped to counteract, the often difficult situations in which she found herself. Her accession to the throne presented her with traditional symbols of royalty, to which her own unique iconography was added by courtiers, officials and artists working for the court. Her gender, her unmarried state and the effects of her ageing were all addressed in the portraits.


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