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Elizabethan Collection

"Exploring the Glorious Elizabethan Era: From Queen Elizabeth I to Shakespearean Theatre" Step back in time to the magnificent reign of Queen Elizabeth I

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century, (1896). Artist: Nicholas Hilliard

Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century, (1896). Artist: Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century, (1896). Portrait miniature of Elizabeth (1533-1603) by Nicholas Hilliard, in the collection of the Earl of Dysart

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland, c1588. Artist: George Gower

Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland, c1588. Artist: George Gower
Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland, c1588. Version of the Armada portrait attributed to George Gower. The last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth I (1533-1603) ruled from 1558 until 1603

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Globe Performance

Globe Performance
A performance is watched by a packed house at the Globe theatre, London

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Queen Elizabeth I - Gingers Rule

Queen Elizabeth I - Gingers Rule
Queen Elizabeth I, Gingers Rule with ginger or red hair wearing an Elizabethan ruff and costume. Graphic design for a mug, T-Shirt, print or poster

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Elizabethan London

Elizabethan London, stretching from St James Park in the west to Whitechapel and the Tower in the east. Theatres and other places of ill-repute are located on the south bank

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Queen Elizabeth, The Ermine Portrait, 1585, (1896). Artist: Nicholas Hilliard

Queen Elizabeth, The Ermine Portrait, 1585, (1896). Artist: Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth, The Ermine Portrait, 1585, (1896). Portrait of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) with an ermine, used to make fur garments for royalty

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Spanish Armada - Golden Lion attacks Santa Ana

Spanish Armada - Golden Lion attacks Santa Ana
An Armada episode, the Golden Lion attacking the Santa Ana of the Spanish Armada on 25 July 1588. Date: 1588

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I

Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I
BAL99459 Dr William Gilbert (1544-1603) showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I and her Court, 19th century (oil on canvas) (see detail 99460) by Hunt

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)
BAL3911 Portrait of John Donne, c.1595 (oil on canvas) by English School, (16th century); 77.1x62.5 cm; National Portrait Gallery, London

Background imageElizabethan Collection: ELIZABETH TALBOT (c1527-1608). Known as Bess of Hardwick. Countess of Shrewsbury

ELIZABETH TALBOT (c1527-1608). Known as Bess of Hardwick. Countess of Shrewsbury. Oil on canvas, 17th century, by an unknown artist after a portrait of c1590

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare

Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare
Theatrical performance in the days of Shakespeare. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Saxtons Map of Norfolk, 1574, (1944). Creator: Christopher Saxton

Saxtons Map of Norfolk, 1574, (1944). Creator: Christopher Saxton
Saxtons Map of Norfolk, 1574, (1944). Detail of the county of Norfolk, showing rivers, towns and villages, and a ship in The Wash

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century (1905)

Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century (1905). From Cassells History of England, Vol. II, [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris, New York & Melbourne, 1905]

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Shakespeare Exhibition at Earls Court, London

Shakespeare Exhibition at Earls Court, London
Londons great attraction: what to see in Shakespeares England. How to find and identify the chief reconstructions of old Tudor buildings at Earls Court. Date: 1912

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Illustration of the signature of Elizabeth I

Illustration of the signature of Elizabeth I

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Grana Uile introduced to Queen Elizabeth, illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol

Grana Uile introduced to Queen Elizabeth, illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol
XJF486361 Grana Uile introduced to Queen Elizabeth, illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol. II, print made by Clayton, published 1794 (engraving) by Beauford

Background imageElizabethan Collection: GREAT FIRE OF LONDON, 1666. The Great Fire of London, England, 1666

GREAT FIRE OF LONDON, 1666. The Great Fire of London, England, 1666. Contemporary oil painting by a member of the Dutch School

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Chillington Manor

Chillington Manor, now part of the Museum at Maidstone, Kent, England. Date: built 1562

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Women of Tudor England

Women of Tudor England
City women and a country-woman in Elizabethan England, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Gardens at Gravetye Manor, near East Grinstead, Sussex

Gardens at Gravetye Manor, near East Grinstead, Sussex
View of the gardens at Gravetye Manor, near East Grinstead, West Sussex, showing daffodils growing in the foreground, and the Elizabethan manor house in the background

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Bette Davis

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Front View of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham with Horse and Carriage

Front View of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham with Horse and Carriage
Artist: Redgate, Arthur W. - Title: Front View of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham with Horse and Carriage - Date: N/A - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 69 x 135

Background imageElizabethan Collection: GLOBE THEATRE, 1616. Detail from Nicolas Visschers view of London, England

GLOBE THEATRE, 1616. Detail from Nicolas Visschers view of London, England

Background imageElizabethan Collection: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTs DREAM. William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream performed at Sadlers Wells

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTs DREAM. William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, England, 1853. Wood engraving from a London newspaper of 1853

Background imageElizabethan Collection: SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III. Laurence Olivier in the title role of the 1956 film production of

SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III. Laurence Olivier in the title role of the 1956 film production of William Shakespeares Richard III

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Princess Elizabeth, later Queen, c1547, (1902)

Princess Elizabeth, later Queen, c1547, (1902). Portrait of the future Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) aged 14, before she was expected to be queen

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School
King Edward VI Grammar School, overlooking the River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. It was founded by the boy King Edward VI and augmented by Queen Elizabeth I Date: founded 1552

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Theatregoing / Globe / C16Th

Theatregoing / Globe / C16Th
The Wooden O : Shakespeares summer theatre. Outside the first of the Globe theatres; the audience arriving at the playhouse

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), from Lodges British Portraits, 1823

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), from Lodges British Portraits, 1823
KW178667 Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), from Lodges British Portraits, 1823 (engraving) by Zuccaro, Taddeo (1529-66) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageElizabethan Collection: SIR FRANCIS DRAKE (1540?-1596). English admiral

SIR FRANCIS DRAKE (1540?-1596). English admiral. Oil on panel, c1580, by an unknown artist

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Airspeed AS57 Ambassador G-ALZN Elizabethan of BEA

Airspeed AS57 Ambassador G-ALZN Elizabethan of BEA
Airspeed AS57 Ambassador, G-ALZN, Elizabethan, of BEA

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Leighs Priory, Essex, engraved by E. Young, 1832 (engraving)

Leighs Priory, Essex, engraved by E. Young, 1832 (engraving)
XJF451304 Leighs Priory, Essex, engraved by E. Young, 1832 (engraving) by Bartlett, William Henry (1809-54) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Leez Priory)

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Edmund Spenser reading to Raleigh

Edmund Spenser reading to Raleigh
Edmund Spenser reading the first part of his epic poem The Faerie Queen to Sir Walter Raleigh in Ireland

Background imageElizabethan Collection: WILLIAM BYRD 1543 - 1623

WILLIAM BYRD 1543 - 1623
WILLIAM BYRD English organist and composer, a pupil of Tallis. He is shown here conducting one of his compositions, which is being sung by Elizabethan courtiers

Background imageElizabethan Collection: SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO & JULIET. Title page from the first publication, London, of Shakespeares Romeo

SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO & JULIET. Title page from the first publication, London, of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. Woodcut, 1597

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Queen Elizabeth I Riding a Horse in Winter

Queen Elizabeth I Riding a Horse in Winter
This picture shows Queen Elizabeth I riding a horse in a snowy winter scene with a male companion. She is being waved to by a young boy and there is a dog following her

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball

Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball
3077517 Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball, 1897 (b/w photo) by American Photographer; Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer
Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Portrait of author, playwright and poet Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621)

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Browda House, Linkinhorne, Cornwall. 1964

Browda House, Linkinhorne, Cornwall. 1964
A general view of Browda House, a Grade II listed building. It dates from the late 19th century but incorporating some of the original 17th century structure

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Letter from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Elizabeth I, Sheffield, 29 October 1571

Letter from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Elizabeth I, Sheffield, 29 October 1571. Artist: Mary Queen of Scots
Letter from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Elizabeth I, Sheffield, 29 October 1571. Letter, in French, from Mary Queen of Scots, to Queen Elizabeth

Background imageElizabethan Collection: William Kemp or Kempe, Elizabethan comedian, 1600

William Kemp or Kempe, Elizabethan comedian, 1600
William Kemp or Kempe (d1603) Elizabethan comedian who danced from Norwich to London in 1599, (1600). Here Kemp, with bells on his legs, is dancing the Morris

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Ark Royal - Elizabethan Naval ship

Ark Royal - Elizabethan Naval ship
Built by Raleigh, and named the Ark Raleigh, purchased by Elizabeth and renamed Ark Royal (and subsequently Anne Royal Date: 1587

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Portrait of Henry Wriothesley (1573-1624) 3rd Earl of Southampton c. 1600 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Henry Wriothesley (1573-1624) 3rd Earl of Southampton c. 1600 (oil on canvas)
XCF268049 Portrait of Henry Wriothesley (1573-1624) 3rd Earl of Southampton c.1600 (oil on canvas) (detail) by English School, (17th century); 204.5x121.9 cm; National Portrait Gallery, London

Background imageElizabethan Collection: The May-pole, 1866. Artist: Charles Cousen

The May-pole, 1866. Artist: Charles Cousen
The May-pole, 1866. 19th century imagining of Elizabethans celebrating May Day, an annual European tradition thought to have originated as a pagan fertility rite

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Poster, Robin Hood Cycles

Poster, Robin Hood Cycles. The greatest value in cycling -- a product of Raleigh Industries, Nottingham. Date: circa 1950

Background imageElizabethan Collection: Illustration of Elizabethan theatre

Illustration of Elizabethan theatre

Background imageElizabethan Collection: TOWER OF LONDON, 1560. Detail from the Agas map of 1560 showing the Tower of London on the Thames

TOWER OF LONDON, 1560. Detail from the Agas map of 1560 showing the Tower of London on the Thames River

Background imageElizabethan Collection: LONDON: MAP, 1575. Engraved map of London, England, 1575

LONDON: MAP, 1575. Engraved map of London, England, 1575




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"Exploring the Glorious Elizabethan Era: From Queen Elizabeth I to Shakespearean Theatre" Step back in time to the magnificent reign of Queen Elizabeth I, as depicted in George Gower's iconic portrait from 1588. Her regal presence and power are captured flawlessly, showcasing her influence over England and Ireland. In another stunning portrayal by Nicholas Hilliard, we witness "The Ermine Portrait" of Queen Elizabeth I in 1585. This masterpiece immortalizes her elegance and grace, symbolized by the ermine fur draped around her shoulders. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of an Elizabethan London with its bustling streets and lively theaters like The Globe. Performances filled with drama, comedy, and romance transported audiences into a world crafted by brilliant playwrights such as William Shakespeare. Even scientific discoveries thrived during this era. Dr. William Gilbert demonstrates his groundbreaking experiments on electricity to none other than Queen Elizabeth I herself. Their curiosity for knowledge pushed boundaries and paved the way for future advancements. Meet Bess of Hardwick, also known as Countess of Shrewsbury - a remarkable woman who left an indelible mark on history through her influential role at court and impressive architectural achievements like Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. Travel across Norfolk with Saxton's Map from 1574; it offers a glimpse into the intricate details of towns, villages, rivers, forests that shaped daily life during this period. Relive one of England's most significant naval battles - when the Golden Lion fiercely attacked Santa Ana during the Spanish Armada conflict. The bravery displayed by English forces underlines their determination to protect their homeland against foreign invasions. Witness both tragedy and resilience through images depicting The Great Fire of London in 1666. Despite widespread destruction caused by flames engulfing buildings throughout the cityscape, Londoners united to rebuild their beloved capital stronger than ever before.