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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Gg,1.417

  • Description

    Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I; whole-length, standing to front, holding a fan, her hands crossed at her waist, a spaniel on a pedestal at right Black and red chalk

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1575
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 307 millimetres
    • Width: 222 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Gere & Pouncey 1983
        Inscribed on verso in black chalk, by the artist: "La Rigina Elisabeta de ingiltera/ in londra magio 1575".
  • Curator's comments

    Companion to Gg,1,418. Lit: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 300; C. Acidini Luchinat, 'Taddeo e Federico Zuccari, fratelli pittori del cinquecento', Milan, 1998, II, pp. 59-60, fig. 43

    Gere & Pouncey 1983
    In the r. background is an allegory of the Queen's virtues: 'Fortitude', symbolised by the pillar; 'Prudence', by the serpent; 'Chastity', by the ermine; 'Fidelity', by the dog. All that can be distinguished on the l. is some flowers on a ledge, behind which is an indeterminate object with a shell-shaped finial.
    A companion to the similar portrait-drawing of the Earl of Leicester (Gg,1.418, q.v.).

    Literature: as for Gg,1.418 (facsimile engr. in Rogers, 'Collection', by S. Watts: Weigel 8688; Hetzner, 'Travels'', anon, stipple engr. dated 1 Jan. 1797, as frontispiece; 'The Elizabethan Image', no. 74) with addition of: R. Strong, 'Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I', Oxford, 1963, p. 100, no. 5.

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  • Bibliography

    • Gere+Pouncey 300 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Italian Roy XVIc

  • Exhibition history

    1956-57 London, Royal Academy, British Portraits, no.539 1974 July-Dec, BM, Portrait Drawings, no. 1995/6 Oct-Jan, London, Tate Gallery, Painting in Britain 2003 May-Sep, London, National Maritime Museum, Elizabeth 1
    2006 June-Sep Warwick, Kenilworth Castle, Leicester and Elizabeth
    2013/14 Oct-Jan, London, NPG, Elizabeth I and Her People
    2015 Mar-Jul, Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, 'Les vrais Tudors' PROMISED

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1799

  • Acquisition notes

    Gere & Pouncey 1983 See Gg,1.418 for further provenance

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Gg,1.417

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I; WL, standing to front, holding a fan, her hands crossed at her waist, a spaniel on a pedestal at r
Black and red chalk

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I; WL, standing to front, holding a fan, her hands crossed at her waist, a spaniel on a pedestal at r Black and red chalk

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