Power & Portraiture: Painting at the Court of Elizabeth I

7 Jun 2017 – 29 Oct 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Free with house and grounds admission. House and Grounds ticket: £20 Adult, £10 Child, £45 Family. National Trust member and Art Pass holders go free.

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Waddesdon Manor

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Waddesdon is putting on a free bus service to and from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, for the main season from April to October
  • By train to Aylesbury or Aylesbury Vale Parkway station.
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A special display exploring how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.


Two spectacular panel paintings have been newly attributed to Nicholas Hilliard, better known for his miniatures, accompanied by loans from the Royal Collection and National Portrait Gallery.

Visitors will learn about the scientific and scholarly detective work that has led to this important discovery and will be able to compare it with the famous ‘Phoenix’ portrait of Elizabeth I, generously lent by the National Portrait Gallery. Exploring themes from romance to international relations, images of the queen will be flanked by those of her charismatic suitor, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, her ambassador to France, Sir Amias Paulet and the doomed nobleman, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.

This display is complemented by Lucien Freud’s portrait of Elizabeth I, on loan from the Royal Collection Trust, giving visitors the chance to consider the portrayal of two very different monarchs in very different circumstances.

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