Enthroned initial letter portrait of Elizabeth I.

Enthroned initial letter portrait of Elizabeth I.
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Westminster: 20th July [1576]. 1 p., large folio, 22 x 29 inches, written in ink in a good departmental hand, the portrait c. 5 x 3 inches finely executed in ink and wash within the interlacing strapwork initial “E”, folded, matted and framed with a portrait of the Queen. The seal is lacking but remains of the laces are present. Some staining along the top margin, small black dot in the centre of the Queen’s forehead. A fine and rare example of a contemporary letter portrait of Elizabeth I, at the age of 42. The document grants the Manor of Northaw and other lands in Hertfordshire to Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, in exchange for the Manor of Rosedale Priory transferred to the Crown. Auction records show 10 such portraits selling between 1987 and 1997, none since. The old description seems to originate from Maggs. (Item Id: 106067)

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