The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

We frequented the Queen’s House at Greenwich these days and seen the artwork.

I have determined a single way of running a blog although going for walks is to aim on artwork I see on my walks! So now it truly is the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1!

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

This is an iconic painting. It was

  • beforehand owned by relations of Sir Francis Drake. Nevertheless no one is aware of who the artist was.
  • painted to memorialize the failed invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
  • explained to be a very fantastic portrayal of the Tudor Queen.

It portrays Elizabeth in all her finery. So I took some near-ups of sections of the portrait to emphasize how these elements ended up painted.

Confront of Queen Elizabeth 1 and ruff
Armada Portrait – Bows and Jewels
Portion of the ornamented sleeve

The portray can be witnessed in the Queen’s Presence Chamber in the Queen’s Dwelling at Greenwich – which has the most magnificent painted ceiling. This is the area in which she acquired sizeable other people – in much the exact way King Charles III gained the new Primary Minster Rishi Sunak yesterday.

The Queen’s Presence Room – with the Armada Portrait, portrait of Sir Francis Drake
and painted ceiling

The Queen’s Dwelling was developed in between 1616 and 1635 and is on (or close to) the website of the primary Palace of Placentia (meaning “pleasurable area”) also recognised as Greenwich Palace which was the birthplace of both Queen Elizabeth 1 (b. 7 September 1533) and King Henry VIII (b. 28 June 1491).

There are actually 3 surviving variations of the Armada Portrait. It was customary at the time of copies to be manufactured of essential paintings.

  • the portray exhibited at the Queen’s Residence in Greenwich 
  • the version in the Woburn Abbey Collection and 
  • a third, partly slash-down version at the Countrywide Portrait Gallery in London.

Portraits of Elizabeth were typically commissioned as official gifts for foreign monarchs and favoured courtiers, although other associates of courtroom would get variations to demonstrate their devotion to her. If Elizabeth hoped to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish superpower, why end at just one portray?