Elizabeth I and her People

9 October 2013


Elizabeth I ‘The Ermine Portrait’, attributed to Hilliard, 1585. Photo: Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House.

I’m super busy right now but thought I’d just stop by to let you all know about the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery – Elizabeth I and Her People, which opens tomorrow, 10th October (my birthday, woo) and ends on the 5th of January next year.

NPG 2082; Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown artist

Elizabeth I ‘The Darnley Portrait’, unknown, c1575. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London.

The reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 was a time of extraordinary enterprise. New opportunities for creativity and wealth creation in this period saw the beginning of the rise of the so-called ‘middling sort’ or middle classes.

The changes that took place at this time dramatically shaped the future of England and Wales. The Church of England was securely established and over time much of the country embraced the Protestant faith. The known world was expanding through maritime exploration and trade, cities grew in size and population and the economy flourished and purpose built theatres opened to the public.

This exhibition explores the story of the Elizabethans from the Queen, the nobility and gentry to many other talented individuals such as explorers, soldiers, merchants, artists and writers.

NPG 2471; Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown artist

Elizabeth I, Unknown, c1585. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London.

It’s definitely been a year for amazing Tudor exhibitions and, along with the Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London, this looks to be carrying the baton over into 2014, which is good news for all you Tudor fans!

Elizabeth I and Her People kicks off tomorrow at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Tickets are £13.50 for adults, £11.50 for children over the age of twelve and half price for Art Fund pass holders. There’s also some interesting looking events linked to the exhibition.

NPG 2561; Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait') by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Elizabeth I ‘The Ditchley Portrait’, Gheeraerts, c1592. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London.

Have a great day everyone. I’m off to the press preview of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London tomorrow so will be reporting back about that on Friday!


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