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Queen Elizabeth I

(1533-1603), Reigned 1558-1603

Sitter associated with 135 portraits
The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth came to the throne on the death of her half-sister, Mary I. Her long reign, beginning in 1558, saw the secure establishment of the Church of England. It was characterised by relative peace and prosperity, a great increase in foreign trade and exploration, and a flourishing literary culture. Despite receiving many proposals of marriage, Elizabeth remained single and became legendary as the 'virgin queen'. She had many favourites, but none more important than Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, who sought to win her hand in marriage.

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Queen Elizabeth I, by Steven van Herwijck - NPG 4294

Queen Elizabeth I

by Steven van Herwijck
lead medal, 1565
NPG 4294

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 446

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
electrotype of a so-called pattern for a sovereign, 19th century, based on a work from the late 16th century
NPG 446

Queen Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 108

Queen Elizabeth I

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1572
NPG 108

Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses'), attributed to Isaac Oliver - NPG 6947

Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses')

attributed to Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 6947

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 2825

Unknown woman, possibly Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
pencil and watercolour, circa 1595
NPG 2825

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 542

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, early 17th century with 18th century overpainting
NPG 542

Queen Elizabeth I, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Maximilian Colte - NPG 357

Queen Elizabeth I

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Maximilian Colte
electrotype, 1873, based on a work of circa 1605-1607
NPG 357

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown artist - NPG 5474

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown artist
marble bust, late 18th century or 19th century
NPG 5474

Queen Elizabeth I and three unknown councillors, after Unknown artist - NPG D47463

Queen Elizabeth I and three unknown councillors

after Unknown artist
woodcut, circa 1563 (published circa 1570)
NPG D47463

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 1), after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder - NPG D31853

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 1)

after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder
photograph of engraving, (1576)
NPG D31853

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