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Object: The Royal Procession of Queen Elizabeth to Visit the Right Jonble Henry Carey Lord Hunsdon
Series: Historical Portraitures
Elizabeth I, carried in a chair, borne in procession to Blackfriars, with Lord Hunsdon walking before her and a large retinue, knights of the Garter walking two by two on the left, including Leicester, nearest the Queen, Cecil, Howard, Clinton, Russell and Sussex, with the river in the background to left; republished state. 1742, this state 1776
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Height: 457 millimetres
Width: 563 millimetres
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- For comment on the set see 2006,U.782.
Vertue saw the painting at Colehill in Warwickshire in 1737 and was told by the Earl of Oxford, in whose family it had been for many years, that he had no information about it, except that it had been painted in memory of the Queen's honouring a young married couple. It was brought to London in 1738 and shown to antiquarians and others, but nothing more was discovered about it. Vertue concluded that it depicted Elizabeth I travelling to Hunsdon House to visit her cousin in 1571 or 1576 and attributed it to Mark Gerrards on the basis of a roll showing the procession of the Knights of the Garter, containing portraits including one of Hunsdon, which he considered similar in style. He made a watercolour copy of the Roll, which was bought by Walpole at his sale and also a watercolour of the painting, for the Earl of Oxford, which earned him the present of 'about sixty ounces of plate'.
A note in the Society of Antiquary publication of the prints states that the painting was by then in the possession of the Earl of Digby at Sherborne lodge. It is now at Sherborne Castle. According to Alexander, it was later thought to be by John Oliver and to show the Queen travelling to Blackfriars to celebrate the marriage of Anne Russell and Lord Herbert. Roy Strong reattributes it to Robert Peake (1977). A copy of it by Vertue on vellum, which may be the one he made for the Earl of Oxford, was sold in London on 19 November 1987.
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