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QUEEN  ELIZABETH  I
After the original oil on board.
Third Qtr 16th Century.


ENGLISH SCHOOL

 

Elizabeth I of England - Queen Elizabeth the First. Portrait on Board. Remastered print enscribed Queen Elzabeth..

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A typically flattering portrait of the queen from the middle years of her reign.

The original painting (oil on board) shows considerable splitting and some old and very clumsy restoration and repainting, evidence of which has now been eliminated or reduced as far as possible. Additionally, the queen's eyes (corrected to that of a contemporary written text, namely "dark amber-brown") and her splendid array of gold mounted rubies, emeralds and sapphires has been corrected back to true colours. Several missing or over-painted elements have been reconstructed from other parts of the original image. Multiple references to her many costumes all indicate a variety of jewels symmetrically placed, yet the surviving original shows jewels only of a very dark, blackish red-brown colour. No references were found in respect of the gold mounted jet medallion nor the velvet ribbon to which it is attached, so the colour of the ribbon has been left dark green as survives today, but there is good reason to believe that this would originally have been deep blue, an ancient symbol of purity. 

The entirely red rose could suggest that this painting was originally for a descendant of the House of Lancaster - a Tudor Rose was red (Lancastrian) with a white (Yorkist) centre. It is not clear whether the rose is mounted with a green leaf (now quite black) or a black feather. A leaf would have no symbolism but a black feather would possibly have represented a phoenix for rebirth and longevity.  However, Elizabeth's favoured avian symbol was a pelican to represent her "motherhood" for the nation.

Any further, informed opinion regarding her attire would be welcomed.

This image is best mounted in a deep, ornate gilt frame. If required and to assist with framing, it can be printed with a broad, black surround or sized to fit your existing frame.

An entertainment could be made by asking house-guests to spot the "deliberate mistake" in this image.

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DIMENSIONS
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INCHES MMS
HALF SIZE 11 x 7 280 x 198 US$ 95

FULL SIZE
approx
22 x 15 560 x 396 US$ 115

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Printed on over-sized sheets to allow for framing on a stretcher.
 


    

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