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Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Known as the 'Ditchley Portrait', this painting was produced for Sir Henry Lee who had been the Queen's Champion from 1559–1590. It probably commemorates an elaborate symbolic entertainment which Lee organised for the Queen in September 1592, and which may have been held in the grounds of Lee's house at Ditchley, near Oxford, or at the nearby palace at Woodstock. After his retirement in 1590, Lee lived at Ditchley with his mistress Anne Vavasour.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1592

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 241.3 x W 152.4 cm

Accession number

2561

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, 1932

Work type

Painting


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