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Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

Elizabethan England

This long gallery, redesigned by Dixon Jones as part of the Ondaatje Wing redevelopment in 2000, covers the long reign of Elizabeth I from 1558 to 1603. The Coronation Portrait from around 1559 at the entrance to the room and the Ditchley Portrait from around 1592 frame the rest of the display. Amongst other important portraits is a full-length portrait of Drake marking how Britain became a world power.

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23 portraits on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Queen Mary I, by Master John - NPG 428

Queen Mary I

by Master John
oil on panel, 1544
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 428

John Astley, by Unknown Netherlandish artist - NPG 6768

John Astley

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on canvas, 1555
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6768

Sir Thomas Chaloner, by Unknown Flemish artist - NPG 2445

Sir Thomas Chaloner

by Unknown Flemish artist
oil on panel, 1559
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2445

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist - NPG 2184

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1560s
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2184

Sir Thomas Gresham, by Unknown Netherlandish artist - NPG 352

Sir Thomas Gresham

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1565
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 352

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist - NPG 6676

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1565
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6676

Sir Henry Lee, by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro) - NPG 2095

Sir Henry Lee

by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)
oil on panel, 1568
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2095

Queen Elizabeth I, associated with Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 190

Queen Elizabeth I

associated with Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 190

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown continental artist - NPG 2082

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown continental artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2082

Sir Philip Sidney, by Unknown artist - NPG 5732

Sir Philip Sidney

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1576
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5732

Mary, Queen of Scots, after Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 429

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, inscribed 1578
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 429

Philip II, King of Spain, by Unknown artist - NPG 347

Philip II, King of Spain

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1580
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 347

Sir Christopher Hatton, by Unknown English artist - NPG L256

Sir Christopher Hatton

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, circa 1580
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L256

Sir Francis Drake, by Unknown artist - NPG 4032

Sir Francis Drake

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1581
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4032

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), by Unknown English artist - NPG 7

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, 1588
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7

Sir Francis Walsingham, attributed to John De Critz the Elder - NPG 1807

Sir Francis Walsingham

attributed to John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, circa 1589
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1807

Ralph Simons (Symons), by Unknown English artist - NPG 7021

Ralph Simons (Symons)

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, transferred from original panel, circa 1595
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7021

Sir Henry Unton, by Unknown artist - NPG 710

Sir Henry Unton

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1596
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 710

Anne, Lady Pope with her children, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - NPG L231

Anne, Lady Pope with her children

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, 1596
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L231

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - NPG 4985

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1597
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4985