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Elizabeth I and Her People

The arts flourished during the 45-year reign of Elizabeth I, who attended the first performance of William Shakesperes A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, this exhibition is as much an illustrated social history of a period economic prosperity, when explorers Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh's maritime discoveries led to new trade routes in the East Indies and Middle East and an age of colonisation.
As well as lesser-known portraits of The Virgin Queen herself, the exhibition incorporates images of courtiers William Cecil and Bess of Hardwick, poet John Donne, Francis Drake, and, most curiously, the first ever portrait of a guinea pig. Clutched in the hands of a child from a wealthy Spanish family, the exotic pet would have been brought to Europe by traders travelling between South America and Spain. Other characters represented in the exhibition include Elizabethan lawyers, goldsmiths, merchants, playwrights and artists, who represented the wealthy middle class that burgeoned during her reign.

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Portrait of an unknown soldier, possibly Cuthbert Vaughan (c.1519-1563)Unknown artist, dated 1560. Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Graces'), attrib. Isaac Oliver, c. 1590 © Edward Harley Esq
Elizabeth I and Her People - Portrait of an unknown soldier, possibly Cuthbert Vaughan (c.1519-1563)Unknown artist, dated 1560. Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Graces'), attrib. Isaac Oliver, c. 1590 © Edward Harley Esq

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