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Elizabeth I, Medallic Portrait plaque.: CM.M.3792-R

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Elizabeth I, Medallic Portrait plaque.


Ruler: Elizabeth I (1558-1603) (Made posthumously)
Maker: Passe, Simon de




Engraved sometime after 1616 following a miniature by Isaac Oliver (in the Royal Collection) of 20 years earlier. The dress worn by Elizabeth is said to be that which she wore to St. Paul's after the defeat of the Armada. The inscription on the reverse is likewise said to have been the impromptu production of a Westminster scholar, Elizabeth herself having proposed her armorial bearings as the subject of an epigram. These medals by Passe, though commonly supposed to be engraved, are only stamped in imitation of engraving.

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  • London ⪼ England

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Method of acquisition: Unknown by Unknown


Circa 1616 CE - Circa 1620 CE

Components of the work

Object composed of silver Diameter (max) 59 mm Diameter (min) 48 mm Weight 13.86 g

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Accession number: CM.M.3792-R
Primary reference Number: 226562
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Created: Wednesday 27 February 2019 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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