The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object  

Please contact the Picture Library if you would like to use this record and image under licence.

Elizabeth I, 1533-1603 (the 'Armada Portrait')


Object connections:

User collections Elizabeth I by 11melloemi
Gallery locationQH (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID ZBA7719
Description The 'Armada Portrait' of Queen Elizabeth I, three-quarter-length, in a richly gold-embroidered and jewelled dress, her left hand holding a feathered fan, her right resting on a terrestrial globe, an imperial covered crown on the table beside her, with two views of the sea beyond: on the left, the English fleet with the approaching Spanish Armada; on the right, the Armada wrecked by storms on the (mainly Irish) coast. The contrast between calm and storm is a metaphor for the good Protestant government of Elizabeth's England and the despotic Catholic rule of Philip II's Spain.
Date made circa 1588

Artist/Maker English School, 16th century
English School
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Acquired with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund, Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Headley Trust and other major donors, together with contributions from over 8000 members of the public following a joint appeal with Art Fund.
Materials Oil on oak panel
Measurements Painting: 1125 mm x 1270 mm; Frame: 1300 mm x 1460 mm x 110 mm; Overall: 44.4 kg
  • Elizabeth I, 1533-1603 (the 'Armada Portrait') (ZBA7719)
    Help us

    Do you know more about this?

    Share your knowledge