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Elizabeth I

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hilliard, Nicholas (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on vellum mounted onto card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case 4

Physical description

Portrait miniature of Elizabeth I, half-length, oval, wearing a ruff and jewellery. The portrait is held in a circular ivory box. The painting has a lavender-coloured paper glued to the back.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca. 1600 (painted)


Hilliard, Nicholas (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on vellum mounted onto card


Height: 64.5 mm, Width: 49 mm

Object history note

Purchased from the Earl of Radnor, see also P.2-1974, P.3-1974, P.4-1974 and P.5-1974.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Elizabeth I, watercolour on vellum, painted by Nicholas Hilliard, 1595-1600.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strong, Roy. Artists of the Tudor Court: the Portrait Miniature Rediscovered 1520-1620. London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983.


Cardboard; Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted

Necklace; Jewellery; Queen; Ruff


Paintings; Portraits; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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