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Elizabetha Angliae et Hiberniae Reginae &c

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1849,0315.2

  • Title (object)

    • Elizabetha Angliae et Hiberniae Reginae &c
  • Description

    Portrait of Queen Elizabeth seated on horseback cross-saddle, in armour holding a sword, with a naked female lablled 'Treuth' holding one end of a lance of which the other is held by Elizabeth; under her feet a dragon and in the background the Armada and the army at Tilbury. c.1625
    Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1625-1640
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 272 millimetres
    • Width: 296 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title in sky along top, and in lower corners 'sould by Peter Stent' and 'T.Cecill sculp'
  • Curator's comments

    Not known in a state before the Stent address.
    The horseshoe shape of the Armada associated with the grouping of troops on the shore bears a strong resemblance to those details in Samuel Ward's "Double Deliverance" of 1621, see 1847,0723.11.

    (Comment from Dr John Warrick, University of Birmingham, June 2011)
    Elizabeth holds out the lance to rescue Truth from the cave. This iconography is standard to two traditions: (1) the Harrowing of Hell, sometimes titled 'Christ in Limbo', where Jesus extends his cross staff to Adam in the act of rescuing the ancient just from Limbo
    Patrum (pictures of which are easily obtained), and (2) 'Veritas filia temporis', whose debt to the Harrowing can be seen in William Marshall's 'A goodly prymer in englyshe, 1535'.
    The Harrowing and the Veritas filia temporis are attached to Elizabeth through her coronation procession, where both of these allegorical themes were used. Cecil's portrait shows Elizabeth not as the passive and ceremonial recipient of the lance, but rather an active monarch (probably here presented in relation to England's religious Reformation).

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  • Bibliography

    • Globe 1985 120 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1952-64 III.33.8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2002 Feb-May, Ann Arbor, Michigan Univ Mus of Art, Women Who Ruled
    2002 Sep-Dec, Boston, Davis Museum, Women Who Ruled...

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1849

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1849,0315.2

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth seated on horseback cross-saddle, in armour holding a sword, with a naked female lablled 'Treuth' holding out a lance to her; under her feet a dragon and in the background the Armada and the army at Tilbury.  c.1625  Engraving

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth seated on horseback cross-saddle, in armour holding a sword, with a naked female lablled 'Treuth' holding out a lance to her; under her feet a dragon and in the background the Armada and the army at Tilbury. c.1625 Engraving

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