This portrait is a detail from the charter that founded the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The first page of the charter begins with an E for Elizabeth which is abundantly decorated and contains a particularly fine miniature painting of Queen Elizabeth on her throne surrounded by allegorical figures, exotic birds, animals and fruits (including a robin, dragonfly and snake). The painting of Queen Elizabeth is believed to come from the workshop of Nicholas Hilliard and follows his 'mask of queenship' pattern.


  • Title: Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Creator: Workshop of Nicholas Hilliard
  • Date Created: 1585
  • Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Provenance: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ashbourne (D3397/1)
  • Subject Keywords: Queens, Monarchs

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