The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0259 Monday, 5 May 2008
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,
"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
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,
. . . more at link
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