2008

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0259  Monday, 5 May 2008

From:		JD Markel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Friday, 2 May 2008 11:33:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 19.0252 Southampton Portrait Discovered
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0252 Southampton Portrait Discovered

Speaking of which, a portrait of Elizabeth I has apparently been discovered,

http://hamptonroads.com/node/461129

"The queen isn't smiling, but the owners of her portrait are"

Until recently, an oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I had been hanging, 
unprotected and barely noticed, in the gift shop at The Elizabethan 
Gardens gatehouse.

It is believed that the portrait was painted in 1592, when Elizabeth 
would have been about 60 years old. It is one of the few portraits of 
the queen in her declining years.
  If it is authentic, it could be worth millions.

"Certainly, paintings of Elizabeth are pretty sought-after," said 
Christopher Apostle, senior vice president and director of old master 
paintings at Sotheby's in New York. "It would be valuable."

The earliest known full-length image of the monarch, who died in 1603, 
sold at Sotheby's in London on Nov. 22 for more than $5.3 million, 
Apostle said.

  . . .  more at link

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