I have heard in the news today that the famous Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I has been bought into public ownership for the first time in it’s history.
There was a fear that it would have been sold into a private collection abroad.
A public fundraising appeal was launched, which many history buffs paid into and the Lottery Fund also put in part of the money to buy it. It is due to go on public display next year, as I understand in the museum in London called the Queen’s Gallery. This building is currently undergoing renovation, but stands on the land once occupied by Greenwich Palace, alledgedly the place where Anne Boleyn gave birth to Elizabeth in 1533.
It is a very famous painting, which has inspired generations of writers and artists with their interpretations of the Virgin Queen. It is dated to be approximately 425 years old, and was orginally owned by Sir Francis Drake, his descendents being the ones who are most recently selling it.
The picture itself commemorates the famous victory of the English over the Spanish Armada in 1588. Windows behind the Queen show images from the battle.
A very beutiful painting, I can’t wait to see it when it goes on display.