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Elizabeth I

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Cologne (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1603 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Passe, Crispijn de (the elder), born 1564 - died 1637 (engraver)
    Oliver, Isaac, born 1558 - died 1617 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 2, box B

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, whole length, standing and turned slightly to right; the sitter s wearing a large ruff and an elaborate dress; in her left hand she holds an orb, in the right a sceptre; at the top right of the composition is a coat of arms.

Place of Origin

Cologne (printed)


ca. 1603 (printed)


Passe, Crispijn de (the elder), born 1564 - died 1637 (engraver)
Oliver, Isaac, born 1558 - died 1617 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM MEVM / Mortua anno Misericordoae / Nata Gronewiciae anno Christi MDXXXIII. 6. Jd. Sept.'
Lettered within the design

'Elisabet D.G. Angliae, Franciae, Hiberniae, Et. Verginiae Regina, Fidei Christianae Propvgnatrix Acerrima Nvncin Dno Reoviescens.'
Lettered below


Height: 31.7 cm border, Width: 22.5 cm border, Height: 34.9 cm plate, Width: 22.8 cm plate

Descriptive line

Print, portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, engraving by by Crispijn de Passe I after Isaac Oliver, ca. 1603.

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.
Franken, Daniel. L’Oeuvre grave des Van De Passe. Amsterdam and Paris: F. Muller & Co., 1881.
O'Donoghue, Freeman. British Museum: Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits. London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1908-25.
Hind, Arthur Mayger. Engraving in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. London: Cambridge University Press, 1952-5, 3 v.
Hollstein, F. W. H. Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger, 1949.
Strong, Roy. Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963. xiv, 173 p. illus.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.

Production Note

De Passe was probably sent a drawing by Oliver as the source from which this print was engraved.



Subjects depicted

Sceptre; Queen; Crown; Ruff; Coat of arms; Orb; Sword


Portraits; Prints; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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