Queen Elizabeth I attributed to Nicholas Hilliard,16th Century. Waddesdon (Rothschild Family) © Hamilton Kerr Institute
Queen Elizabeth I attributed to Nicholas Hilliard,16th Century. Waddesdon (Rothschild Family) © Hamilton Kerr Institute

Exhibition: Power and Portraiture: painting at the court of Elizabeth I, Waddesdon Manor, 7 June-29 October 2017 (Wed to Sun)

A special display exploring how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.

 

At the centre of the display are two spectacular panel paintings newly attributed to Nicholas Hilliard, better known for his miniatures. Visitors will learn about the scientific and scholarly detective work that has led to this important discovery and will be able to compare it with the famous ‘Phoenix’ portrait of Elizabeth I, generously lent by the National Portrait Gallery, London. Power and Portraiture will explore themes from romance to international relations. With images of the Queen flanked by those of her charismatic suitor, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, her ambassador to France, Sir Amias Paulet and the doomed nobleman, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.

 

This display is complemented by Lucien Freud’s portrait of Elizabeth I, on loan from the Royal Collection Trust, giving visitors the chance to consider the portrayal of two very different monarchs in very different circumstances.

 

Full details on the exhibition here >>

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