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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 2

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Elizabethan England, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula. The art in this gallery is from the era when Elizabeth I ascended the throne of England.

Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Queen Mary I, 1544, by Master John
2. Queen Elizabeth I, 1560, by Unknown
3. John Astley, 1555, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about this Collection : Queen Elizabeth I

  • Elizabeth I became queen in 1558, after the death of Mary I. She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, descendant of the Tudors.
  • England was a Protestant nation by now. So Elizabeth I was tasked with convincing the masses to align themselves with this new way of thinking. One that rejected the Roman Catholic Church. Of course, this was not an easy job.
  • During her rule, Elizabeth also had to maintain stability and peaceful relations with foreign nations. Some of which were hostile towards the Empire.
  • The period was marked with financial stability, promoting of the arts and culture. There was also peace in the kingdom.
  • Queen Elizabeth I never married.

A Final Thought

The National Portrait Gallery in London holds historic record of the British Empire through a collection of portraits. There are over 215,000 works housed here. Thus making this the ‘most extensive collection of portraits in the world’. The gallery is located at St Martin’s Place, near Trafalgar Square in London. It was established in 1856 with the aim to promote portraiture and appreciation of the historic medium in art.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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